Neymar declared fit
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil — Brazil striker Neymar says he is emotionally ready and physically fit for Friday’s World Cup quarter-final with Colombia in Fortaleza.
However he warned his compatriots not to expect a feast of goals in what promises to be a tough game for the hosts.
“It’s not always a party, a show, a victory by four or five goals to nothing. Soccer today is very even, very competitive,” Neymar told reporters. “If we just have to defend and win by one goal, we will do that. We are here to win.”
Favourites to win the World Cup for a sixth time, Brazil struggled to advance to the quarter finals with a lackluster performance that relied heavily on Neymar’s skills.
The hosts scraped past Chile in a penalty shootout on Saturday and have scored only eight goals in four games, four from Neymar.
The striker said he had no lingering pain from the knee and thigh injuries he suffered in the bruising encounter with Chile.
He praised Colombia’s James Rodriguez, who has scored one more goal than the Brazilian so far, but added: “With all due respect, I hope his moment will end now.”