Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: Neymar will take the field, says Tite

FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil's Neymar leaves practice with ankle pain

Brazil´s forward Neymar chases the ball during a training session of Brazil national football team at Yug Sport Stadium, in Sochi, on June 19, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

After an opening game defeat to Serbia, Costa Rica know that another loss to five-time world champions Brazil today could spell the end of their time in Russian Federation.

Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury that forced him out of training on Tuesday and is expected to play, according to Marca's Juan Ignacio Garcia-Ochoa.

Costa Rica has lost seven of its last nine matches and scored only five goals in the process.

Both Brazil and Costa Rica reached the later stages of the FIFA World Cup in 2014 but this time around, they have not had the best of starts as the Selecao, who are desperate to put an end to the nightmares of the 7-1 humiliation by Germany, were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland, despite taking the lead in the match.

Argentina crashed to a 3-0 loss against Croatia on Thursday that leaves the two-time champions facing an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout phase.

However, captain Bryan Ruiz is hoping his side can become the latest to slow down one of the tournament favourites to keep their adventure going.

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Costa Rica appear to be in good health entering the game, but for Brazil, all eyes will be on Neymar.

"It's very important that we have these three points in the bag, but it's not over, Switzerland will be the hardest match", said Kolarov.

"I will speak with the players and tell them we've had a great match against Brazil but that's not enough". However, he was back on Wednesday and is in line to start on Friday.

The Selecao have lost only one of their 22 games since Tite took over the hot seat, and are among the favourites in Russian Federation.

The Paris Saint-Germain defender admitted Brazil's failure to carry their excellent form in two years under Tite into their opening fixture in Russian Federation has piled on the pressure but is confident they will bounce back in Saint Petersburg.

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