Tite tempers Brazil's World Cup hopes ahead of Mexico clash

Tite tempers Brazil's World Cup hopes ahead of Mexico clash

Tite tempers Brazil's World Cup hopes ahead of Mexico clash

Marcelo limped off the field in the 10th minute of Wednesday's game against Serbia.

Brazil are going out of their way to defend their World Cup preparations and show their players' injuries can't be blamed on excessive training.

Brazil's team doctor has offered a freakish excuse for why defender Marcelo was substituted during the country's final group match against Serbia on Thursday. Once he feels good to train, he will return and immediately be ready to play.

Neymar's goal from inside the six-yard area made it 2-0 for five-time winners Brazil on 22 June.

Dr Lasmar admitted it was too early for an accurate diagnosis but believes the hotel's mattress could have something to do with it.

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Former Brazil worldwide Sylvinho has admitted that he was "worried" about Neymar before the World Cup began. "It's all under control".

For Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio, whose side face Brazil in the last 16 of the World Cup, Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho is the danger man.

"Thank God it wasn't anything serious", Marcelo said on Instagram.

Despite a spirited first half with several shots on goal from Costa Rica (few and far between in the match against Brazil), La Sele ended the first half down by one.

Neymar dealt with an ankle injury after the opener against Switzerland but he was back in action against Costa Rica and against Serbia.

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