Why Coutinho was pelted with eggs by Neymar and teammates

Jun 13, 2018, 17:57
Why Coutinho was pelted with eggs by Neymar and teammates

He was injured a few minutes from the end in their 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia.

Brazil couldn't deliver when they were the hosts but with Neymar back and the attack firing on all cylinders, this could certainly be their year. After all Coutinho doesn't track back much and may leave Brazil exposed defensively.

What felt like paroxysms of grief overwhelmed the nation even before kick-off. But Coutinho makes Brazil a more efficient team and certainly much more joyful to watch.

Everyone remembers the 7-1 drubbing in the semifinals, but there were signs pointing toward a defensive meltdown before then. Although [Neymar's time in Barcelona] ended the way it did, he won important titles here, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga. He is also the world's costliest player having joined Paris Saint-Germain for £200 million 12 months ago.

The World Cup holders haven't won any matches since qualifying for Russian Federation.

The Paris St Germain forward scored his 55th worldwide goal during the 3-0 win over Austria on Sunday to go level with Romario and sit joint-third in Brazil's all-time scoring charts.

Austria remained in the game and dominated possession early in the second half and gave Coutinho and Neymar some rough treatment, to the frustration of Brazil.

Carlo Ancelotti is one of his managerial heroes, but more recently the influence of Pep Guardiola, with whom Tite has developed a blossoming long-distance friendship, has grown stronger: it is no accident that there could be three Manchester City players in his side this summer.

Yeah, pretty safe to say Neymar is ready for the World Cup ... However, fans of FC Santos led protests as they wanted him to continue to play for their club and Neymar made a decision to stay back after Santos offered him much larger bonuses. It is a lot easier to run when you are not burdened with the hopes of more than 200 million people. But he is not alone, as he was last time out when an already limited Brazil side, shorn of his talent, crashed off course in historic manner.

Rivaldo, who played 74 times for his country, told the Evening Standard that Neymar can continue his recent form and help Brazil progress through the competition.

Forwards: Neymar, Douglas Costa, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Taison. Shahktar Donetsk's Taison provides another option. His astonishing skill drew gasps and applause from the press pack, registering every move and detail of Brazil's final preparations for the World Cup.

His nickname dates back to that time: he went by Ade until Scolari, mixing him up with another youngster, introduced him as Tite.

The first task for Loew's side will be to top Group F to avoid a likely second-round clash against Brazil.

But it is Fred who remains, perhaps, the nadir in Brazil strikers.

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