Brazil coach says Neymar will start against Costa Rica

15-year-old Ahmed Raza says'I could have never imagined that I would be here. I am so happy to be at the St. Petersburg Stadium. — SOC Films

15-year-old Ahmed Raza says'I could have never imagined that I would be here. I am so happy to be at the St. Petersburg Stadium. — SOC Films

Brazil, who will be captained by Neymar's PSG team-mate Thiago Silva after they were led by Marcelo against the Swiss, face a Costa Rica side looking to get up and running after their opening loss to Serbia.

"Switzerland pressed them in midfield and that's what you need to do because everybody knows that Brazil are best from midfield going forward", he said.

For Costa Rica, the survival is the name of the game. The 23rd-ranked team has always been a long-shot to win the Cup this year, having only progressed to the quarter-finals in 2014.

That means Paris St Germain star Neymar will retain his place despite limping out of training during the week with an ankle injury. However, he was back on Wednesday and is in line to start on Friday.

Brazil defender Danilo has been ruled out of Friday's Group E game against Costa Rica with a thigh problem.

The World Cup match between Brazil and Costa Rica will be broadcast live on FS1.

Elsewhere this weekend, Senegal can position themselves to become the first African squad to finish atop a World Cup group stage table since 1998 by claiming a win when they take on Japan on Sunday as +125 favourites.

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus plays up front, despite drawing a blank against Switzerland, while Philippe Coutinho will hope to build on his exceptional performance last time out, in which he scored a stunning goal. "I am so happy to be at the St. Petersburg Stadium", the teenager said.

What time does the FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Costa Rica match begin in IST? The lineups of both the teams will be announced much before the match starts.

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