Philippe Coutinho and Neymar separated obstinate Costa Rica in damage time on Friday, fixing a 2-0 win for Brazil that drives the five-time champions towards the World Cup last 16. The Central Americans looked prone to hang on for a well deserved draw, especially after Neymar had a punishment grant chalked off by ref Bjorn Kuipers after he counseled the Video Assistant Referee. In any case, Coutinho and Neymar at last got through, scoring in the 91st and 97th minutes to put Tite's side on the very edge of the knockout stages.
At the last shriek, Neymar sat down on the grass and sobbed, with the feeling of triumph hitting home after the strained Group E challenge at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Neymar began regardless of limping out of preparing on Tuesday with a hurt lower leg, which the Brazilian FA said was managed because of snapping Swiss safeguards. After a cumbersome begin, Brazil delighted in a steady crescendo amid the primary time frame however their predominance under lock and key was not reflected in chances made.
Neymar confronted the most dedicated of markers in Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa, the Brazilian spending a large portion of the half bouncing over scything handles or evading past a bursting shoulder. It was a convincing fight. One luxurious Neymar flick sent the ball flying over Gamboa's head and later he made a magnificent run onto Coutinho's pass, just to waste the possibility with a substantial touch.
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