Neymar in tears, Brazil holds its breath

Draft and not spared by the Serbian defense, the Brazilian number 10 appeared touched during his exit Thursday evening after the success of his people (2-0).

Special envoy to Lusail

Fear over Brazil. It is perhaps the image of this start to the World Cup, with Neymar hiding his face on the bench, after his exit in Brazil’s victory over Serbia (2-0) on Thursday, at the Lusail stadium. The leader of Seleçao and PSG had just left the game, in the 80th minute, after sitting on the lawn for several seconds, surrounded by his teammates, the Brazilian staff. Was the former Barcelonan dropped by his body? However, he has been spared any glitches since the start of the season, in the colors of the capital club, and arrived launched in Qatar. A serious injury to “Ney” would obviously be a tragedy for the Brazilian team, five times world champion and who dream of a sixth star at the end of the final on December 18, in this same stadium. In the next few hours, we will hold our breath on the side of Rio. And pray to the gods.

One thing is certain: Neymar Jr had an ice pack put on his right ankle after sitting on the bench. In tears and comforted as much as possible by his teammates, Lucas Paqueta with his arm on his shoulder, Eder Militao his hand on his head, while the face of the “Ney” was buried in his Auriverde tunic.

Nine fouls suffered

It is obviously still too early to draw conclusions and the number 10 of the Seleçao may have simply been afraid. We know his history with the ankle. And the right turned well on a tackle from Nikola Milenkovic. Which Neymar was not spared by the opposing defense, he who suffered no less than nine faults in a match where Brazil stumbled on the Serbian wall for a long time. Draft, he left the star to the detonator Vinicius, involved in the two goals of his team, and Richarlison, author of a double, including a magnificent acrobatic return. A gesture that delighted the large Brazilian crowd that thronged to the Lusail stadium. A people who will tremble until the medical verdict. Suspense…

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