Neymar karate kicks Fred in Brazil training

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Neymar is clearly feeling in a lively mood following his star turn during Brazil’s victory over Croatia in the opening fixture of the World Cup, with the Barcelona forward having been pictured larking about in training with Fred.

Brazil got the competition off to the perfect start as they triumphed 3-1 after initially falling behind and spirits are understandably high as Luis Felipe Scolari’s side prepare for their second encounter with Mexico on Tuesday.

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Neymar, who leads the World Cup goalscoring charts alongside Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, will be key once again if Brazil are to overcome the Mexicans, while they may also need a contribution from central striker Fred.

Fred, though, may be nursing a bit of a sore back for the rest of today after he was on the receiving end of a flying karate kick from Neymar as the two trained with their Brazil colleagues at the Granja Comary training complex in Teresópolis.

Hulk injury

The Fluminense forward was, however, able to laugh off the incident, although later in the session there was cause for concern after Hulk - the third player in Brazil’s attacking triumvirate - limped out.

Hulk was forced off with a thigh problem and is now a doubt to face Mexico in Fortaleza, while Bernard or Willian would be in line to replace him if he is unable to take part.

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