Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the 2022 World Cup was overshadowed by an ankle injury that left Neymar in tears on the substitutes’ bench.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker was fouled repeatedly throughout the match and was eventually withdrawn after Richarlison scored a sublime goal to give Brazil a two-goal lead.
After his substitution, Neymar appeared to be on the bench in tears. He was then pictured heading to the dressing room with a badly swollen ankle.
The Brazil national team doctor later confirmed that Neymar had suffered a sprained ankle, although Tite, the manager, said he believed the 30-year-old would play in Qatar again.
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Brazil’s doctor said: “Neymar has a right ankle sprain. We started treatment immediately, but we have to wait 24 hours for a better assessment.
“We have not planned anything else. Now we have to wait and we cannot make any premature comments.”
Tite later added: “We are very confident that Neymar will continue to play, that he will continue to play in the World Cup.”
Brazil opened their World Cup campaign with a victory as Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison scored twice to end Serbia’s stubborn resistance.
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Richarlison jabbed in a rebound to break the deadlock before scoring a tournament contender goal 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 ahead of Monday’s game with Switzerland, who also have three points by beating Cameroon.
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