Monday, 19 November, 2018

Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 to secure first win

Neymar Brazil Neymar has scored 54 goals for Brazil in 85 appearances
| 23 June, 2018, 14:48

If you were scrolling through Twitter towards the end of the Brazil v Costa Rica game, you would have been forgiven for wondering why people were talking about aquatic sports - but no, it wasn't that kind of diving.

The former Barcelona star went down softly under the challenge of Giancarlo Gonzalez, with referee Bjorn Kuipers initially pointing to the spot.

Brazil vs Costa Rica: Neymar started Brazil's crunch World Cup clash with Costa Rica on Friday as coach Tite kept faith in the side that started a disappointing 1-1 draw to open their campaign against Switzerland.

The incident came late in a match Brazil dominated but in which for long spells they struggled to break down a determined Costa Rica defence. In my life things have never been easy, would not be now right!

Neymar flattered to deceive in Brazil's 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their campaign opener last week but he scored in injury-time to open his account against Costa Rica.

Brazil went into halftime with the boos and whistles of their own fans ringing in their ears but emerged with a renewed sense of goal, with Jesus heading against the bar four minutes after the restart and Coutinho sending the follow-up effort narrowly wide.


And Neymar was on hand to tap home Douglas Costa's delicate chipped cross even deeper into stoppage time to wrap up three points that had appeared like slipping through Brazilian fingers.

The world's most expensive player was making just his 4th appearance after breaking a bone in his foot in February.

Tite fell to the floor as he sped onto the pitch following Coutinho's strike.

- Brazil have won 10 of their 11 meetings with Costa Rica in all competitions, losing the other in a friendly in 1960.

"It's not normal to cry in the second game of a World Cup", Brazil's biggest newspaper, O Globo, said. La Sele will play its final World Cup 2018 game against Switzerland on Wednesday at 12 pm Costa Rica time.

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