Brazil Beat Costa Rica Courtesy Late Goals From Coutinho, Neymar

26 June, 2018, 22:15 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Neymar will be fit to face Costa Rica in Brazil's second Group E match

The clock had ticked past 90 minutes when Marcelo crossed from the left and substitute Roberto Firmino headed the ball back across goal to Gabriel Jesus.

"You can't put all the responsibility on one player". But unfortunately, in the end, we weren't able to finish.

Neymar's endured a hard week and it was clearly too much for him after the final whistle.

"The most important part for them is to qualify and I think they are going to do it".

"His joy of being back on the pitch is contagious".

And in the dying seconds, Neymar, only recently recovered from a broken foot, tucked home Juventus midfielder Costa's square ball.

Cameras then captured the exchange between the Brazilian star and the official.

Soon after the win, Brazil supporters took to social media to praise the performance of the team. "Everyone shows it in their own way".

Neymar's frustration increased after the referee pointed to the spot before changing his mind after watching the replay of his clash with Giancarlo Gonzalez on the VAR system.

In the video, a fan can be seen helping his fellow mate who is blind and deaf understand through hand gestures that Brazil had scored, while there is a third fan who rubs the back of the blind man to tell him it's time to celebrate.

In the seventh minute of injury time, Douglas Costa whipped in a cross from the right and Neymar deftly tapped it into the net. "The second half, it was handsome, perfect".

"We closed them very well".

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They are on four points with Serbia to come in their final Group E outing next week.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica have knocked out of the tournament after failing to notch any point from two games.

After a drab and scrappy first half at St. Petersburg Stadium, Brazil came out energized and the chances piled up.

Jesus had a goal ruled out for offside and hit the crossbar before his crucial role in Coutinho's goal but is yet to get off the mark himself in Russian Federation.

The 26-year-old had limped out of training earlier in the week with an ankle injury, having received some rough treatment during Brazil's 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

"We never tried to hurt him", Ramirez said.

Neymar has been involved in 18 goals in his last 17 appearances for Brazil (10 goals, eight assists). He was (out for) three and a half months and he played the full match. Once again, he just waved them away.

But it wasn't going to be that ball that was going to make us win. "Brazil doesn't need any help". Both play on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET, but only Brazil can get out of the group, not Costa Rica.

While Brazil has been the more attacking side this half, this has been a problem for Neymar as he has been targeted several times, and has been taken down on a number of occasions.

With his 56th global goal, Neymar is now one ahead of Romario - which could be a useful omen for Brazil.

Costa Rica are winless in their last five World Cup matches (D3 L2).



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