Brazil and Neymar try to bounce back from World Cup draw


Lionel Messi's Argentina will be closely watching the 4pm kick-off between Nigeria and Iceland.

A Seleção controlled the game from start to finish, averaging two-thirds of possession while largely camped in the Costa Rican half.

Costa Rica and LAFC forward Marco Ureña told reporters this week that his side can spring an upset.

It's Brazil who take centre stage today as they open up proceedings at 13:00 and Paul Robinson believes that they will fare better than their South American rivals did last night.

Neymar could be a doubt for Brazil's Group E clash against Costa Rica on Friday after he limped out of a training session with what appeared to be a foot complaint on Tuesday. "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".

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It was a free kick from Kolarov that put Serbia in solid position in the group, but Switzerland may be as tough a foe as Brazil.

They face Costa Rica in St Petersburg needing a win after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their opening game.

Switzerland used a strong defence and midfield to stifle Brazil, and midfielder Valon Behrami made the match very hard for Neymar. An off-colour Brazil needed dramatic late goals by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar to earn their first win of the World Cup and go to the top of Group E with four points.

Serbia, meanwhile, is seeking to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 1998, when it was known as Yugoslavia.