Brazil vs Costa Rica: Neymar fit for match after injury fears

Neymar to start Brazil v Costa Rica, coach Tite confirms

It was the first time Brazil have failed to win their opening World Cup match since 1978.

However, he returned to training on Wednesday and Tite insisted he is not running a risk by throwing Neymar straight back into the action.

The Selecao, meanwhile, will be lined up again on Friday afternoon to contest Costa Rica, the surprise quarter-finalists last season who started off the ongoing event with a 1-0 defeat to Serbia.

Costa Rica, on the other hand, will largely rely on skipper Bryan Ruiz and Arsenal forward Joel Campbell who are yet to attain the excellence of the previous term.

Neymar is yet to score at the World Cup, but he has still managed to attract plenty of attention.

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Fernandinho, who also appeared as a substitute against Switzerland, must be content with a place on the bench, and the same goes for Ederson, who is unlikely to see any game time at the World Cup with Roma stopper Alisson - now linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool - firmly established as Tite's number one.

The scrutiny will be on Neymar, but Brazil have a team packed full of talent that can hurt Costa Rica. Philippe Coutinho scored against Switzerland, while Gabriel Jesus and Willian will also pose a threat.

Brazil is coming off a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in its opening match of the 2018 World Cup. Keylor Navas, the Real Madrid "number 1" will have a busy afternoon between the sticks.

Brazil are favourites to win the match and after dropping points in their opening match will be expected to turn on the style and win comfortably.

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