Bad news clouded Brazil’s stunning 2-0 victory over Serbia on Thursday evening. Because superstar Neymar had to be replaced injured with a swollen ankle.
The scenes were a little reminiscent of the 2014 World Cup, when Neymar even threatened the wheelchair after a horror foul by Colombian Juan Zuniga. As before, the Brazilian superstar was repeatedly attacked by the Serbs before he had to leave injured. After a foul in the 80th minute, Neymar limped off the field with a swollen ankle and a thick ice pack was immediately placed on the PSG magician. Neymar was desperate, hiding his face under the shirt to maybe even hide tears. Did he even suspect the impending end of the World Cup? One thing is certain: Neymar only has four days to recover from his injury if he wants to play Brazil’s next group game against Switzerland, who defeated Cameroon on Thursday. “I hope it’s nothing serious,” said defender Alex Sandro in the Lusail Stadium interview zone after the game.