Neymar limps off and sets off Brazil alarms

I'm not worth my world-record transfer fee says Neymar

I'm not worth my world-record transfer fee says Neymar

Brazil drew 1-1 against Switzerland in their first match at the 2018 World Cup and will be under pressure to grind results for their second game against Costa Rica on Friday.

But those fears quickly returned when he pulled up soon after kicking the ball, and after briefly attempting to continue training, the 26-year-old was led away by the team's medical staff for further assessment. Today everyone is better prepared for a World Cup.

"You run more for your friend".

Brazil looked to their talisman time and again in the final stages in Rostov-on-Don, but he failed to find the final pass or finish to unlock a well-organised Switzerland defence.

The man of the match, Mr. Magoma, said he was certain that Brazil could not beat Switzerland given the Zurich side's recent form.

Coutinho anticipates another hard challenge, though the former Liverpool star is remaining calm.

Should Neymar not be fit, Coutinho could be moved into his role on the left of a front three with Tite bolstering his midfield.

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Neymar made reference to the fractured vertebra he suffered in Brazil's victory over Colombia in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup.

- Neymar was involved in five of Brazil's 11 goals at the last FIFA World Cup (four goals, one assist).

"We had 20 shots, but a lot of them were off target, if we had more focus, we could have worked their goalkeeper more", he said.

"He is so important". Always trying to create.

Brazil's transformation in two years under coach Tite has been characterised by the speed of their transitions from defence to attack as Neymar combined to great effect with Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho.

Brazil had won 17 of its 22 matches since Tite took over as coach in 2016.

Brazil travelled to Russian Federation after a triumphant set of results in their warm-up matches but were disappointing in their Group E opener on Sunday as a very solid Swiss side showed why they are now sixth in the FIFA rankings, reports Xinhua news agency.