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Neymar limps off injured in friendly win over Qatar

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Brazil warmed up for the Copa America tournament as first-half goals from Premier League duo Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus helped them ease past Asian Cup champions Qatar in Wednesday’s international friendly.

However the win was overshadowed by a potentially serious injury sustained by the super star Neymar.

Qatar midfielder Assim Madibo collided with Neymar after 20 minutes from the kick off swiping the ball over the Paris Saint-Germaine ace who rolled over and grimaced after the incident. He was carried away in tears with an apparent lower leg injury.

Qatar had a chance to pull a goal back in the 96th minute after the referee penalised Ederson for a mistimed challenge following a VAR review, however, Boualem Khoukhi’s spot-kick cannoned against the crossbar.

Neymar, who was seen crying on the sidelines, was forced from the ground shortly afterwards and replaced by Everton.

That did not hamper Brazil, who doubled their lead eight minutes later through Jesus following some neat combination play with Richarlison.

Philippe Coutinho thought he had the chance to make it 3-0 after a handball inside the box six minutes before half-time, however, the referee overturned his original decision following a VAR review.

The second half saw the introduction of AC Milan star Lucas Paqueta and Ajax sensation David Neres and while the changes hampered the flow of the match, the result was never in doubt even after Qatar’s stoppage-time penalty.

Brazil waiting on Neymar news

Having already recovered from a knee injury ahead of the midweek clash, Brazil will be hoping Neymar’s latest issue is nothing serious. With plenty happening on and off the pitch, Neymar is facing a fight to be ready for the Copa America on home soil.

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