Brazil's coach unleashes 'injured' Neymar on Costa Rica

Brazil's coach unleashes 'injured' Neymar on Costa Rica

The defeat knocked the central Americal side out of the tournament but they played well in both the games.

Neymar's endured a hard week and it was clearly too much for him after the final whistle.

"Not everyone knows what I went through to get here", he posted on Twitter and Instagram. "But his joy at being on the pitch is contagious".

A few minutes before the end, Neymar flopped backward to initially draw a penalty on Costa Rica, but the contact was so exaggerated the referee reversed the call after using video review.

Fears surrounded the Brazil camp when Neymar left training in the run-up to the Costa Rica game. It earned Brazil's biggest star a yellow card. "He has the responsibility, the pressure. We each show it in our own way". With the match in danger of ending in a draw, the Brazilians seemed nervous but composed themselves through the seven minutes of injury time.

His first touch took the ball away from the defender and Coutinho raced in to poke it through the legs of Keylor Navas from six metres out and claim his second goal of the tournament.

He told the gathered media after the game, "It kind of pulled a muscle - it tore some fibres, I think". "He had a difficult injury and went through a very hard patch", Coutinho said.

Coutinho got the victor in the 91st minute, and Neymar got his goal later in stoppage time as the South Americans move to four points in Group F and have a little breathing room with one match to play.

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.

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After a drab and scrappy first half at St. Petersburg Stadium, Brazil came out energized and the chances piled up.

Jesus had a goal ruled out for offside and hit the crossbar before his crucial role in Coutinho's goal but is yet to get off the mark himself in Russian Federation.

It had appeared as if Brazil, after a 1-1 with Switzerland in its opening game, was heading for another stalemate.

And while Costa Rica's defence did their part, Navas was superb as he was able to clean up the shots that their defence missed for 90 minutes. "Switzerland tried to stop him with hard fouls, but we have another strategy, we'll employ zonal marking". Once again, he just waved them away.

Yet the dramatic finish to Brazil's 2-0 win over Costa Rica was instructive in showing the thinking of Tite and the plans the coach may have for his team going forward in the World Cup. "Brazil doesn't need any help".

Let's face it, Serbia have been playing an excellent game of soccer so far in the World Cup Group Stages and if they do not make it through to the next round something has gone seriously wrong! Distinguished current and former FC Barcelona players - Felipe Coutinho and Neymar, who, as it turned out, changed my hair for luck - 2:0. Is he going to be back to his best? "He took a heavy load off his back", Silva said.

With his 56th worldwide goal, Neymar is now one ahead of Romario - which could be a useful omen for Brazil.

"This World Cup isn't being (easy) for anyone", Gabriel Jesus said.