Favorite Brazil scores twice in stoppage time to beat Costa Rica

Favorite Brazil scores twice in stoppage time to beat Costa Rica

Favorite Brazil scores twice in stoppage time to beat Costa Rica

The five-times world champions drew their opening Group E game against Switzerland 1-1 and play their second match against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday.

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. "You have to be mentally strong from the beginning until the end".

Facing their South American rivals in the second game, many questions were raised on how Brazil would approach this match-up, especially with the news that their superstar Neymar was not 100 per cent fit.

Neymar's Instagram post reads: "Not everyone knows what I went through to get here".

Neymar dropped to his knees in tears on the final whistle after the tournament's most successful side came through a real test of character against a Costa Rica side whose hopes of progression are now over.

"The second half, it was attractive, perfect". While Costa Rica, who trailed 9-1 in the previous record against their opponents and haven't won over the former since 1960, were likely to be out in case of another defeat.

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He told the gathered media after the game, "It kind of pulled a muscle - it tore some fibres, I think". We closed them very well. "Genuine or not, Neymar's crying is worrying", Brazil's biggest newspaper, O Globo, said. "They are one of the best teams in the world", said Ramirez.

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Tite said he would name an unchanged starting line-up for the match against Costa Rica to give his players a chance to show their character and defended his policy of rotating captains through the tournament. "We have to focus on the last game because that's more important than today's win".

The 23rd-ranked team has always been a long-shot to win the Cup this year, having only progressed to the quarter-finals in 2014.

With Douglas Costa and Neymar controlling the flanks, players like Coutinho and Roberto Firmino were able to drive in the middle towards the goal and were constant threats.

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