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Neymar injured during Brazil World Cup victory

FThe world association (FIFA) has laid down a strict protocol for the period after the football World Cup in Qatar. In the so-called “Mixed Zone”, all the players who want to speak talk to the journalists. And in the press conference appear the coaches plus the player of the match. In the night from Thursday to Friday local time, however, in the catacombs of the final stadium in Lusail, Rodrigo Lasmar was suddenly sitting in front of a microphone – and speaking. A FIFA spokesman said earlier that questions were not allowed. So what was so important that the rules were broken?

Tobias Rabe

Responsible editor for Sport Online.

The short answer to that is: Neymar! Lasmar gave the long one with a serious expression. After Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the start of the World Cup, he brought news from the dressing room. Because the star of the team, the number ten, the great hope for the first world title since 2002, had gotten it, possibly badly. “Neymar has sprained his right ankle. We started treatment immediately and will have to wait 24 to 48 hours before we can say more. We don’t have an MRI appointment (magnetic resonance therapy/red.) yet.”

Neymar was substituted in the 79th minute. Previously he had sat on the lawn, the supervisors had taken care of him. He had suffered the injury eleven minutes earlier. But there it was only 1-0 after a goal from Richarlison (62nd). “Neymar felt the pain but he decided he would keep playing because the team needed him. That was remarkable,” said coach Tite. It wasn’t until Richarlison made it 2-0 with a spectacular side kick (73′) and victory seemed certain that it was time for Neymar to sit down and ask for his substitution.

“You can be sure of that”

He continued to be treated on the bench, tears welled up in his eyes, he pulled his jersey over his head and touched his foot. After the final whistle he hobbled into the dressing room, his ankle was quite swollen. When exiting through the mixed zone, Neymar said nothing, but let the pictures do the talking. The king of drama is back. Tite doesn’t think that it was his last appearance at this World Cup. “Neymar will continue to play in the World Cup, you can be sure of that,” he said, mainly in the direction of the worried Brazilian journalists, one of them in the Neymar shirt.

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