With just 12 minutes left to play in a 0-0 game, Neymar dribbled into the Costa Rica penalty area, felt defender Giancarlo González grab his shirt, and proceeded to fall to the ground theatrically while protesting for a penalty kick. "He is experienced and will come through this to keep giving his best for the national team".
Neymar has cut a frustrating figure at the World Cup thus far, with the Brazilian's propensity for falling under minimal contact earning him fewer fans and more disparaging tuts.
"I can imagine what Neymar has gone through".
"Yesterday, at the end of the game, Douglas Costa complained of pain in the back of his right thigh", team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said.
He had been an injury concern himself but recovered and played against Costa Rica after Danilo was ruled out.
Brazil were questioned at that tournament for their psychological readiness - the players' looked seriously freaked by Neymar's absence ahead of their 7-1 capitulation to Germany in the semi-final - and the same questions are starting to be asked now.
"His was to have an outpouring of emotion".
Thiago Silva admits he was "saddened" by Neymar's outburst at him during Brazil's 2-0 World Cup win over Costa Rica on Friday. Cry as much as you want, only you know what you went through to be at the World Cup'.
Having taken four points from their first two group games, Brazil need a positive result against Serbia to make sure of their qualification for the knockout stage.
The old trim, which he debuted in Brazil's opening match versus Switzerland in Rostov, a surprising 1-1 draw for the Samba Boys, was heavily criticized by Twitter users. "Theoretically he was right, because they stalled a lot".