Bittersweet debut for Brazil at the 2022 World Cup in

Bittersweet debut for Brazil at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: Neymar withdraws injured

Neymar Jr. during the match between Brazil and Serbia in Qatar 2022.

Photo: Lars Baron/Getty Images

This Thursday the Brazilian team made its debut at the Qatar 2022 World Cup official after defeating its counterpart from Serbia with a score of 2-0. However, not everything is joy in the five-time champion despite the “beautiful game”, as the star Neymar Jr. withdrew with notorious physical discomfort and grimaces shortly before the end of the game.

It was around the 79th minute of the commitment when the 10th took advantage of a break in the game and unexpectedly sat down on the grass to grab his ankle with visible pain and concern. Quickly from the ‘canarinho’ bench they replaced the attacker with the Manchester United winger, Anthony.

In the live broadcast of the match, it was possible to see how Neymar left annoyed and with a serious face. Upon arriving at the substitute bench, the team’s medical teams approached him and put ice on one of his ankles while the footballer covered his face with the yellow-green shirt.

Sequence of Neymar’s injury in photos

Neymar sat down on the pitch due to a problem with one of his ankles during the match between Brazil vs. Serbia in Qatar 2022. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Neymar with a clear gesture of pain for which he had to be replaced in the match between Brazil vs. Serbia in Qatar 2022. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Neymar with pain in one of his ankles being treated by the Brazilian doctors 10 minutes from the end in the match against Serbia. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Brazil’s coach, Tité, consoling Neymar after being replaced due to physical problems with his ankle. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Neymar on the substitute bench with an ice bandage on one of his ankles.

At the moment the extent of the injury, blow or discomfort is not known, but the player’s face, the gesture of the Brazilian coach consoling him and the ice in the ankle area have set off the alarms and worried more than one.

Neymar did not have the best of his games. Brazil dominated almost 60% of the possession and had more than twenty shots, but the attacker was erratic in many combinations and passes between the lines. The PSG star could not display his wide repertoire of dribbling due to the lack of precision and the hard marking he was subjected to by the Serbs, who committed more than 10 fouls and several of them towards the former FC Barcelona player.

Ankle injuries to the Brazilian soccer leader have been a constant in his career. Since he arrived in France, he has suffered at least three that took him away from the pitch for a long time and he could not even play the 2019 Copa América.

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