A spirited Nigerian side were held to a 1-1 friendly draw against Brazil with Neymar limping off to an injury early at the Singapore National Stadium on Sunday.
The five-time world champions fell behind in the first half when Joe Aribo gave the Super Ealges the lead as he slotted past Brazil’s goalkeeper, Ederson in the 35th minute.
Casemiro equalised early in the second half from close range as Brazil kept on the pressure but wasted a string of chances to win the game.
Brazil were dealt a major blow early when Neymar limped off in the 12th minute with what appeared to be a left thigh problem. This brought a premature end to his 101st international appearance as Philippe Coutinho was subbed in to replace him.
After the match Brazil manager Tite said Neymar “felt a muscle injury” and was substituted as a “precaution”.
“Neymar did not have a muscle issue before the match. I would never start a player if they had a hint of a problem like this, I would never pay that price,” Tite added of the 27-year-old, who has suffered a string of injuries since his move from Barcelona to PSG in 2017.
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho had to be taken off on a stretcher after landing awkwardly while attempting to stop a Casemiro chance at taking the lead for Brazil.
Despite having 70% possession in Singapore, Brazil were unable to find a winner to remain winless in this international break after drawing 1-1 with Senegal on Thursday.