Coutinho, Neymar strike late to guide Brazil past Costa Rica

Neymar Not everyone knows what I went through

Neymar Not everyone knows what I went through

Three minutes later, Neymar sealed the 2-0 win with a redirected effort. Kuipers pointed to the spot but after reviewing the video replay, reversed his decision.

Brazil struggled to break down a resilient Costa Rica side in their second match of Group E today, with some histrionics by Neymar the main talking point of the match. They have little room for error against Costa Rica and will be expected to win the game comfortably.

In the 13th minute Los Ticos almost snatched a shock lead on the break as Cristian Gamboa sprinted forward down the right and pulled the ball back to a wide open Celso Borges in space.

After a goalless first half Brazil scored twice in injury time, reward for Tite's insistence his players concentrate and press right to the end.

Costa Rica fell to the bottom of Group E with an opening loss to Serbia.

Brazil went into the break with the boos and whistles of their 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.

Ahmed is an ardent fan of Neymar Jr and the Brazilian football team.

Neymar, overcome by emotion on the whistle, covered his face with his hands as tears streamed down his cheeks.

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.

- Costa Rica are winless in their last five World Cup matches (D3 L2). Neymar then angrily punched the ball a short time later as Costa Rica's players tried to waste time.

Neymar learned the hard way what it's like to be a marked man when Switzerland fouled him 10 times in their World Cup opener with many other hard tackles not called for fouls.

- In all global matches, Brazil are unbeaten in 13 games (W9 D4 L0), conceding just three goals in that run.

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