Five-time World Cup champions Brazil opened their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign with a 2-0 victory against Serbia in the Group G fixture on Thursday night. However, star forward Neymar Jr. limped off the field in tears after suffering a gruesome injury while his involvement in the next match remain in doubts.
Tottenham striker Richarlison scored two goals in a space of 11 minutes against Serbia to help Brazil register a clean sheet and a victory in their Qatar World Cup opener. The 25-year-old striker won the man of the match award for his spectacular performance as he scored an incredible bicycle kick to record his second goal.
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Richarlison broke the deadlock couple of minutes after an hour mark on the clock and scored another goal 11 minutes later. During the 67th minute, Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic made a sliding tackle on Neymar and caught his ankle in the follow through, which left the Brazilian in extreme pain.
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Later, Neymar was substituted by Manchester United forward Antony in the 80th minute as the 30-year-old was seen limping off the field and later revealed his swollen ankle. The PSG star was left into tears on the bench and many fans raised concerns over his further participation in the World Cup.
Neymar was spotted struggling to walk due to the ankle injury as he was leaving the stadium. Watch the video here:
However, Brazil coach Tite believed that Neymar would play in the FIFA World Cup 2022 despite the worrisome ankle injury and said, " Don’t worry, Neymar will play the World Cup. He will keep playing, you can be sure about that. "
Meanwhile, Brazil claimed the top spot in the Group G with a two-goal difference as Switzerland are placed on the second spot with one-goal difference followed by Cameroon and Serbia. Brazil are scheduled to face Switzerland next on Monday, November 28.