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Brazil stars Costa and Danilo will miss
last group stage match against Serbia

SOCHI Russia (Xinhua) -- Brazil midfielder Douglas Costa and defender Danilo will miss the last group stage match against Serbia as the team just need one point to advance into last 16 at the ongoing World Cup.

Costa hurt a right thigh muscle in the second half against Costa Rica on Friday while Danilo had been ruled out of the Costa Rica match.

Both players won’t travel with the rest of the squad for the match against Serbia to be played in Moscow on June 27.

Brazil now lead Group E on four points.


Brazil’s Douglas Costa ruled out of clash with Serbia

SOCHI Russia (Xinhua) -- Douglas Costa will miss Brazil’s World Cup Group E duel with Serbia because of a hamstring strain, team officials said on Saturday.

The Juventus winger suffered the injury after coming on as a substitute in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg on Friday.

Scans at the team’s training base in Sochi on Saturday showed a muscle tear and the 27-year-old will not travel to Moscow for Wednesday’s clash at Spartak Stadium.

"Yesterday, at the end of the game, Douglas Costa complained of pain in the back of his right thigh," team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said.

"It’s been diagnosed as a small muscle injury, so he will not travel with us."

Costa’s plight is the latest injury setback to hit Brazil’s World Cup squad. Right-back Danilo missed Friday’s match with a thigh problem while midfielder Fred is also unavailable due to an ankle complaint.

To make matters worse, coach Tite was injured after celebrating a goal during the match against Costa Rica.

"We are in a situation where even the coach was injured," Lasmar said.

"This is unheard of in my career.

"He had a small muscle injury in the thigh area, but nothing to worry about.

"He even said that his main job is to use his head.

"He started doing some work in physical therapy, recovery, but he’s OK."

In better news for the five-time World Cup winners, Lasmar said that forward Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury sustained against Switzerland in Brazil’s opener last Sunday.

Brazil still traumatized by 7-1: Seedorf

SAINT PETERSBURG Russia (Xinhua) -- Brazil are still traumatized by their humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup on home soil, according to former Netherlands great Clarence Seedorf.

The five-time world champions have begun their quest for redemption in football’s flagship tournament with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland and a 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica.

But the Selecao are yet to hit top gear in Russia and need to beat Serbia on Wednesday to progress to the knockout stage without depending on other results.

"The criticism [in 2014] was really strong and years later the criticism continues," Seedorf told Brazil’s SporTV.

"Losing 7-1 to Germany was just one match.

"It happens.

"I think that they have really struggled with that.

"The [bad] sensation remains inside.

"Players are remembering the last World Cup.

"The experience of the last World Cup was so negative that there is still some trauma."

Seedorf also commented on Neymar, who wept on the Saint Petersburg Stadium pitch after scoring a 97th-minute goal against Costa Rica.

The former Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan midfielder believes Neymar’s reaction was not just related to the foot injury that sidelined him for three months before the tournament.

"For me, this is not just because of the last three months," Seedorf said.

"For the last four years everybody [in Brazil] has been waiting for this World Cup and for Brazil to win it.

"I think Neymar has kept things inside that not even he knew about.

"Crying will have done him good."



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