Coutinho, Neymar strike late to guide Brazil past Costa Rica

Neymar is all Brazilian reporters want to talk about
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Brazil boss Tite believes Neymar is still a work in progress, despite the forward opening his World Cup account in Friday's 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

While the initial reactions were focussed on the victory, later many people also highlighted the goal scored by Neymar and his emotional outburst on the field.

Minutes later, after being targeted for the second game in a row, Neymar put the nail in the coffin slotting in an empty netter at the 97th minute to seal the 2-0 win for Brazil.

The forward, who thought he had won a penalty in the 77th minute only for the referee to reverse the decision after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR), was overcome by emotion on the whistle, covering his face as tears streamed down his cheeks.

The Barcelona star broke the hearts of the Costa Rican players, who played brilliantly for 90 minutes!

Having been frustrated for nearly the entire game, Coutinho poked the ball past Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas one minute into stoppage time before Neymar's volley wrapped up the points for a relieved Brazil.

Another Neymar free kick was headed away by Giancarlo Gonzalez, with Brazil's early fizz fading, before Coutinho overhit a pass towards Gabriel Jesus and Silva headed a Neymar cross wide.

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With 20 minutes left, Gamboa made his first mistake and Neymar should have capitalised.

Coutinho got the victor in the 91st minute, and Neymar got his goal later in stoppage time as the South Americans move to four points in Group F and have a little breathing room with one match to play. The first goal was all that Brazil needed to switch to attack mode.

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Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury that forced him out of training on Tuesday and is expected to play, according to Marca's Juan Ignacio Garcia-Ochoa.

Frustration brewed but Costa Rica´s resistance was finally ended in stoppage-time as Marcelo´s deep cross was kept alive by Roberto Firmino and a loose touch by Jesus dribbled perfectly into Coutinho´s path.

Broken, Costa Rica conceded again right at the death.

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