Tearful Neymar finds his spark just in time for Brazil

Tearful Neymar finds his spark just in time for Brazil

Neymar was given a rough ride in Brazil's disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sunday, fouled 10 times during the match, the most for any player in a single World Cup game for 20 years. He took the field for the match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi last Monday.

Philippe Coutinho's goal against Switzerland was his 11th for Brazil - five of those have come from outside the box.

Brazil will now head into their final group game against Serbia next week confident of reaching the knock-out stages, with four points collected from their opening two matches.

But that was not to be because centre referee Björn Kuipers after reviewing the incident using Video Assisted Referee (VAR), reverted his penalty decision.

Instead, Brazil was just another frustrated, struggling team with a superstar who wasn't living up to his name and a line-up that seemed not to want to run.

Jesus's first touch took the ball away from the defender and Coutinho raced in to poke past Keylor Navas from six metres out and claim his second goal of the tournament. To the frustration of many in the French capital, Neymar returned home for much of his recovery process with the intention of being fully fit for the World Cup. Neymar has shown how important the World Cup is to him and, to his credit, he never gave up on Friday, even when the ball refused to go in.

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With Brazil increasingly trying their luck from outside the box as Costa Rica defended with discipline, Willian shot over and Navas saved Marcelo's low strike.

"The ball came free and Gabriel shielded it well and I managed to score", he said of his breakthrough goal.

With question marks swirling around his condition, Neymar was on the pitch Friday sporting a new haircut and looking ready to go as Brazil searched for redemption in their second group match.

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Brazil coach Tite has admitted Neymar could need five games under his belt to get back to his best.

Brazil's Neymar reacts after falling in the penalty area during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium.

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