Coutinho, Neymar strike late to guide Brazil past Costa Rica

Coutinho, Neymar strike late to guide Brazil past Costa Rica

Coutinho, Neymar strike late to guide Brazil past Costa Rica

Brazil controlled the whole game, made countless attack and they were nearly going to another draw but they scored two goals in added time to win 2-0 on the boots of Philippe Coutinho and Neymar.

Brazil's forward Neymar reacts during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 22, 2018.

Not lucky for them, and in the 78th minute when Dutch referee Kuipers first awarded a penalty for a foul against Neymar, but after the prompt assistants reviewed the episode in the video... reversed its decision.

In the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation on Friday, Switzerland defeated Serbia 2-1, Nigeria outplayed Iceland 2-nil, while Brazil beat Costa Rica by a similar 2-nil margin.

Brazil, five-time champion of World Cup, disappointed on their World Cup opener as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Rostov-On-Don on Sunday night.

Brazil has no margin for error against Costa Rica, which won its group at the last World Cup and reached the quarterfinals.

Neymar dropped to his knees after the final whistle, sobbing in his hands as his teammates surrounded him and then lifted him off the ground.

The forward was on had to score two excellent goals, the first a wonderful piece of control followed by a half volley and the second a composed finish at the end of a blistering run.

Neymar is one of the best players in the world, and that status has made him a target for opposing defenses. Costa Rica has zero points and can not advance.

After the second half also ended at 0-0, the match went into the regulation time.

"It's possible I'm going to score another two goals", said Musa, 25, who scored Friday in the 49th minute on Victor Moses' cross and again in the 75th minute. "I thought we managed the game well against a very strong national side", he added.

The World Cup favourites were on course for a second consecutive draw in Group E before a dramatic period of stoppage time in St Petersburg.

Tite said that Neymar, who endured a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a metatarsal injury before the World Cup, is still regaining form and full fitness as Brazil's Group E campaign unfolds.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference in the St. Petersburg stadium on the eve of the game, Brazilian manager Tite confirmed his starting XI will be the same as the one that faced the Swiss.

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