Gisele got quite excited when Brazil scored late to beat Costa Rica

Ruben Ruiz
June 23, 2018

Stoppage-time goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave Brazil a 2-0 win over Costa Rica after they had seen a late penalty award overturned by VAR.

Neymar, on the other hand, received more attention from the Costa Rica defenders than he would have liked.

Kuipers soon grew exhausted of the 26-year-old's constant protestations and warned him that another outburst would see him shown a yellow card.

Tite also felt his team's second-half penalty, chalked off after a VAR review, should have stood, despite a minor degree of contact with Neymar's shirt at the vital moment.

Brazil begun spritely, with their superstars playing a more decisive brand of football compared to the opening match against Switzerland.

For long periods Costa Rica's flat-back five kept Neymar on the periphery, with Johan Venegas and Cristian Gamboa both man-marking him out of the game as Brazil found it hard to carve out chances in the first half.

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.

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Switzerland's equaliser was only the sixth goal Brazil conceded in 22 games under Tite, while Neymar struggled to perform at his best.

Brazil added a second in the last kick of the game when Neymar bagged his first goal of the tournament after being set up by substitute Douglas Costa. With just over 10 minutes left, Neymar's turn prompted Giancarlo Gonzalez to lose his footing and put his arm across the Brazilian's chest. Tite said he was proud of his captain for having the courage to show publicly "the joy, satisfaction and pride in representing Brazil".

But after 13 minutes, Costa Rica had a great chance to take the lead when Gamboa's pull-back from the right was steered wide by Celso Borges.

The PSG superstar couldn't miss as he tapped home from inside the six-yard box deep into stoppage time.

Costa Rica have no new injury problems but could opt to change their team after failing to offer much in attack against Serbia.

"We deserved the win", the Barcelona player said.

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