Neymar picks up injury during Brazil's training ahead of Costa Rica match

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The Brazilian talisman has called for more protection after claiming he is being cynically and deliberately targeted by opposition players.

Neymar put his head in his hands after scoring Brazil's second goal in the 97th minute at Krestovsky Stadium, bent over in emotion for a few minutes after the final whistle in St Petersburg on Friday.

Neymar left Brazil training early on Tuesday after stretching for a ball and complaining about pain in his right ankle, according to Globo. 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. Tite said. "I'm limping now after the celebration". Costa Rica performed well but fell agonisingly short against one of the tournament favourites.

Costa Rica did not get off to the start at the 2018 World Cup they hoped for, losing 1-0 to Serbia in their first group stage game. I know the group is tough, but against Brazil we have to play good soccer just like Switzerland did.

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Brazil has just one point after their first game draw against Switzerland.

We'll get to that in a moment.

"It was either the symptom of troubling instability or it was a return of Neymar's narcissism that Neymar had managed to control so well for almost the whole match".

Even though it appeared the star embellished, it still must have been frustrating for the man tasked with delivering another World Cup to Brazil.