Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Brazil secure vital 2-0 victory over Costa Rica

Brazil secure vital 2-0 victory over Costa Rica

Philippe Coutinho and Neymar have scored in injury time to give Brazil a 2-0 win over Costa Rica at the World Cup.

Just when you thought that a game at the World Cup was finally going to end in a 0-0 draw, Philippe Coutinho popped up and notched a goal in the 91st minute.

Barcelona's Coutinho, who scored a superb goal against Switzerland, nearly opened the scoring early on when Bryan Ruiz gave the ball away, but thumped his shot high.

Brazil leave it late to beat Costa Rica in return to winning World Cup form.

Neymar had a running battle with the referee for most of the match.

Brazil's forward Neymar (C) dribbles past Costa Rica's midfielder Celso Borges.

Brazil could breathe a huge sigh of relief at half-time, and one man who let his emotions pour out was star player, Neymar. With the goal at his mercy, the forward got the ball caught under his feet and Navas flew back to smother.

Brazil's forward Neymar (R) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 22, 2018.

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.

Neymar sent his nation's yellow-shirted fans wild when he volleyed the ball in with virtually the last kick of the game.

Costa Rica brought off Guzman and introduced Yeltsin Tejeda and, as the minutes ticked away, Casemiro shot straight at Navas and Neymar was booked for dissent after throwing the ball to the ground.

Serbia and Switzerland meet in the other Group E game later on Friday.

But that was not to be because centre referee Björn Kuipers after reviewing the incident using Video Assisted Referee (VAR), reverted his penalty decision.

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.

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