Brazil make one change for Costa Rica clash

Brazil make one change for Costa Rica clash

Brazil make one change for Costa Rica clash

The forward came in for criticism after Brazil's 1-1 draw with Switzerland in the nation's World Cup opener and was well below his best against Costa Rica.

Not lucky for them, and in the 78th minute when Dutch referee Kuipers first awarded a penalty for a foul against Neymar, but after the prompt assistants reviewed the episode in the video... reversed its decision.

Brazil will face Serbia in their third and last match while Costa Rica will take on Switzerland on June 27.

Neymar might have finished Brazil's 2-0 win over Costa Rica in floods of tears but worldwide team-mate Gabriel Jesus believes he brings happiness to the world.

"I think we have seen several games in this World Cup that the results are very tight and things are decided by fine margins".

But Coutinho and Neymar finally broke through, scoring in the 91st and 97th minutes to put Tite's side on the brink of the knockout stages. Romario was the team's top striker when Brazil won the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

Navas pulled off a spectacular save in the second half to deny Neymar from close range, as the game opened up.

Coutinho poked the ball past goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the first minute of injury time, and Neymar volleyed in another with virtually the last kick of the game six minutes later. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16. In danger of ending in a draw, Brazil seemed nervous but composed itself through the seven minutes of injury time.

The Semanario Universidad newspaper wrote "The Sele (selection) bids goodbye to Russian Federation in the most cruel banner", while also praising Costa Rica's defensive masterclass against Brazil. "I thought I was going to have a heart attack, but we took care of the game in the Brazilian way". He set up the second goal for Neymar.

Costa Rica's hopes of repeating the heroics of their 2014 run to the quarter-finals are over following two defeats out of two. The Costa Ricans lost their first group match 1-0 to Serbia.

Brazil football star Neymar said the tears he shed following Friday's 2-0 victory here over Costa Rica were an expression of joy and triumph.

"We want to win, it's a World Cup, but the coach is not going to risk a player's health by being dishonest to him".

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