Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Neymar? The leader of this Brazil team is Coutinho

Neymar? The leader of this Brazil team is Coutinho

Real Madrid's Marcelo came off after 10 minutes of the match, however, with the full-back suffering back spasms in the build-up.

The goal made it 2-0 for Brazil just before the final whistle, at which Neymar, the world's most expensive player, collapsed onto his knees and sobbed.

Brazil defender Marcelo's mysterious injury that has left his FIFA World Cup participation in doubt for the rest of the tournament has been explained.

While identifying the hotel mattress as the potential reason to Marcelo's injury. "Maybe it was the hotel's mattress, which was a bit more soft than usual".

Lasmar added: "Although our expectation is good, but we have to be calm and wait for the next few days".

There was good link-up play between Coutinho and his Barcelona teammate Paulinho for the opening goal with the former having found space in midfield before finding the former Spurs man who lifted the ball over the goalkeeper.

"They were muscle spasms".

Marcelo consoled by his teammates.

Brazil travel to Samara on Monday for their round of 16 clash with Mexico and, as of Wednesday night, it was unclear whether Marcelo would return in time.

The five-time World Cup winners head into the next round unbeaten following victories over Costa Rica and Serbia, while drawing with Switzerland who also advance to the last 16.

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