Neymar Fit For Brazil After World Cup Injury Fears

Danny Woods
June 22, 2018

Costa Rica also made just one change from their 1-0 defeat by Serbia with former Everton full-back Bryan Oviedo replacing Francisco Calvo on the left side of a five-man defence. If they want to stay within contention of progressing through the group stage, they'll have to at least take a point away from the pre-tournament favorites Brazil, who will be desperate for three points to keep their goal of finishing first alive.

One of the highlights of Costa Rica's qualifying campaign was a 4-0 crushing of the United States in San Jose that cost U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann his job. This will be a virtual must-win encounter for both the teams.

Brazil had a promising start to the match against Switzerland, with Coutinho scoring a blinder from long range.

Tite admitted it could take until five games into his return for Neymar to be back to his best, but insisted he was not taking a risk by throwing him back into a highly pressurised environment.

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But Tite confirmed he will put his faith in the same XI that started against Switzerland in Saint Petersburg as Brazil look to kickstart their quest for a sixth World Cup.

The world's most expensive player, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros ($260 million) from Barcelona, only just made it to the World Cup after breaking a toe in his right foot on February 25.

After an opening game defeat to Serbia, Costa Rica know that another loss to five-time world champions Brazil today could spell the end of their time in Russian Federation. "I am so happy to be at the St. Petersburg Stadium", the teenager said. The Live coverage of the match on the broadcasting channel will begin at 04:30 pm IST.

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