FIFA World Cup 2018: Tite puts faith in Brazil stars as Neymar confirmed for game against Costa Rica in spite of injury
Neymar will begin Brazil's match against Costa Rica in spite of limping out of training with an injury in the build up to the game. Tite has backed the team's star players to perform, insisting that he isn't taking a risk by starting Neymar.
Saint Petersburg: Neymar will start Brazil's crunch World Cup clash with Costa Rica on Friday as coach Tite kept faith in the side that started a disappointing 1-1 draw to open their campaign against Switzerland.
Corinthians right-back Fagner has replaced the injured Danilo in Brazil's only change from the side that drew against Switzerland. There had been concerns over Neymar's fitness after he limped out of training on Tuesday, two days after receiving rough treatment from the Swiss.
However, Tite insisted on the eve of the game he wasn't running a risk by handing the world's most expensive player just his second competitive start for four months after his club season was ended in February by a broken bone in his right foot. Costa Rica has also made just one change from their 1-0 defeat by Serbia with former Everton full-back Bryan Oviedo replacing Francisco Calvo on the left side of a five-man defence.
Alisson Becker; Fagner, Thiago Silva (capt), Joao Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar
Coach: Tite (BRA)
Costa Rica (5-3-2)
Keylor Navas; Cristian Gamboa, Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Oscar Duarte, Bryan Oviedo (capt); Celso Borges, David Guzman, Bryan Ruiz; Johan Venegas, Marcos Urena
Coach: Oscar Ramirez (CRC)
They are accused of having "knowingly misreported" income for the years 2014 and 2015 so the DFB could avoid paying almost 4.7 million euros ($5.5 million) in taxes, said the press release.
Neymar will miss out on Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 game away at Nimes on Friday, hot on the heels of his starring role on international duty for Brazil.
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