Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica

first_imgView comments Federer survives scare against Paire to advance in Halle Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Yes, he will be playing. There’s no sacrifice here,” Tite said through a translator Thursday. “We want to win but the coach is not going to play around with a player’s health, the price would be too high to pay.”Tite also said he would use the same 11 players that were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in the team’s opening match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNeymar limped out of a training session on Tuesday after appearing to hurt his right ankle. But on Wednesday, the Brazilian soccer confederation posted photos and a video of Neymar training with the rest of the squad and said he was fine.“It’s an evolutionary process. You need to speed up the steps,” Tite said. “He’s already speeded up that process.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He then said it would be pointless to restrict Neymar’s way of playing.“I’m not going to take his initiative away from him in the last third of the field, take away his genius,” Tite said. “The last third of the field is where you have to go to create chances, and I’m not going to take that away from anyone.”Anything but victory could leave Brazil, one of the title favorites in Russia, in a difficult position to advance from the group stage.Serbia leads Group E with three points after beating Costa Rica 1-0 and next plays Switzerland in Kaliningrad on Friday. Serbia and Brazil then meet on Wednesday in Moscow.Brazil has no margin for error against Costa Rica, which won its group at the last World Cup and reached the quarterfinals.“It is a decisive game, of course,” said Tite, who sat next to defender Thiago Silva. “You can’t run away from that.”Silva will take over as captain from left back Marcelo because Tite is rotating the job. Silva was Brazil’s captain four years ago, when he was criticized for breaking down before a penalty shootout in the round of 16.In Russia, he’s urging his teammates to be brave.“The team is fully aware of what we are going to be facing tomorrow,” he said. “They didn’t start well but they are ready to recover. The fight is on.” 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 Feb. 25.After recovering from surgery, Neymar played in two World Cup warm-up matches and scored in both to take his international tally to 55 goals.But he lacked sharpness when Brazil opened its World Cup campaign with the draw against Switzerland on Sunday. Although Neymar was fouled 10 times during that match, he was still noticeably below his best.On Thursday, Tite became angered after he was asked if he had spoken personally with Neymar to encourage him to be more unselfish.“Absolutely not. The information you got is not true,” Tite shouted, his voice rising steeply as he called it a lie. “That didn’t happen.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brazil’s Neymar, centre, exercises with his teammates during Brazil’s official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Neymar will start for Brazil in an unchanged lineup against Costa Rica on Friday at the World Cup.Although Brazil coach Tite said Neymar still needs time to reach peak shape, he insisted he is not endangering the striker’s health.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more