Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 in thriller; edge towards last 16

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Willian was hauled off at halftime and replaced by Douglas Costa, whose pace and trickery on the right wing allowed him to get in behind Costa Rica's compact defense.

Thankfully for him, his time did come when Costa presented Neymar with an open goal deep into stoppage time.

Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg.

Brazil finished the game virtually playing with five attackers, two very attacking full backs and only Casemiro anchoring the midfield in front of his two center backs. "It's the same team that is going to start that stated against Switzerland", said Tite.

There were also questions as to why it was not consulted during England's game against Tunisia on Monday, when striker Harry Kane appeared to be wrestled in the box on separate occasions without any punishment for the Tunisian defence. Many thought they would steamroll Switzerland in their Group E opener, but the European side held out for a 1-1 draw.

There was no shortage of tough tackling on display as Costa Rica lost 1-0 to Serbia in their first group outing, but Ramirez told a pre-match news conference at St Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium his players will not resort to illegality with their place at Russian Federation 2018 on the line.

After a disappointing first half, the Selecao cranked up the pressure after the break, with Gabriel Jesus rattling the bar with a header.

Brazil have won nine of their 10 previous internationals against Costa Rica, losing only in a friendly in March 1960.

Is this Neymar's World Cup? "We don't need referees to win the game, we just want it to be fair".

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As he hid his face inside his blue Brazil shirt, he had the look of a man who wondered if he had squandered his best opportunity.

And Coutinho scored in the first minute of stoppage time to give Brazil a 1-0 lead over Costa Rica in this World Cup clash.

The rotation of the Brazilian captaincy will continue with Neymar's club team mate Thiago Silva taking over wearing the armband from Marcelo.

Switzerland came back from an early goal down to beat Serbia 2-1 in a politically-charged match because of tensions over some Swiss players with ethnic Albanian heritage.

As usual, he made the game all about him. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.

Neymar is probably feeling the weight of expectation of a whole nation on his shoulders, and someone who knows all about that is the great Ronaldo Nazario.

"My tears were of joy, of overcoming [difficulties], of struggle and of will to win", Neymar's post continued. "Even parrots can talk".

"In my life things have never been easy, [it] would not be right now!"

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