Friday, December 9, 2022

Neymar injury sours Brazil’s World Cup win over Serbia

Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia at the 2022 World Cup was overshadowed by an ankle injury which left Neymar in tears on the substitutes’ bench.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was repeatedly fouled during the match and was eventually withdrawn after Richarlison had scored a sublime goal to give Brazil a two-goal lead.

After being substituted Neymar appeared to be in tears on the bench. He was then pictured heading towards the dressing room with a badly swollen ankle.

Brazil’s national team doctor later confirmed that Neymar had sustained a sprained ankle, although Tite, the manager, said he believed the 30-year-old would play again in Qatar.

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Brazil’s doctor said: “Neymar has a sprain on the right ankle. We started treatment immediately but we need to wait 24 hours to have a better assessment.

“We have nothing else scheduled. Now we need to wait and we cannot make any premature comments.”

Tite later added: “We are confident that Neymar will continue playing, that he will continue playing in the World Cup.”

Brazil opened their World Cup campaign with a win as the Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison scored twice to end Serbia’s stubborn resistance.

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Richarlison poked home a rebound to break the deadlock before scoring a goal of the tournament contender with an acrobatic volley.

Serbia defended well but did not register a single shot on target.

The win moves Brazil to the top of Group G before Monday’s game with Switzerland, who also have three points having defeated Cameroon.

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(Photo: Getty Images)

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