Brazil secure vital 2-0 victory over Costa Rica

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To his credit, Neymar had some crisp passes and his corners were neatly placed as well, but a player of his stature can simply take over a game when he wants to so his inconsistent performance against Costa Rica is clearly not his best.

Brazil will now head into their final group game against Serbia next week confident of reaching the knock-out stages, with four points collected from their opening two matches.

Neymar missed the end of Paris Saint-Germain's season after undergoing surgery on a fractured metatarsal in March.

Navas pulled off a spectacular save in the second half to deny Neymar from close range, as the game opened up. Nothing was ever easy in my life, it wouldn't be any different now, right!

There were incredible scenes as Brazil scored twice in stoppage time to seal a monumental 2-0 victory over Costa Rica - and the reaction from the Selecao bench was utterly incredible. After a goalless first half, Brazil dominated the proceedings in the last 45 minutes but managed to break the deadlock in injury time.

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The forward, who thought he had won a penalty in the 77th minute only for the referee to reverse the decision after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR), was overcome by emotion on the whistle, covering his face as tears streamed down his cheeks.

The world's most expensive player was making just his fourth appearance after breaking a bone in his foot in February.

However, Coutinho's finish banished the tension and frustration, and led to 57-year-old Tite tumbling onto the pitch during the celebrations among Brazil's squad and coaches.

Despite dominating possession, Brazil showed rare leaks in its steady defense, with Costa Rica threatening on a couple of early chances of their own.

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.

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Much will depend on how quickly Neymar gets back up to speed.

- Brazil's second goal was timed at 96:49 - the latest recorded 90th minute goal in a World Cup match since 1966.

- In all global matches, Brazil are unbeaten in 13 games (W9 D4 L0), conceding just three goals in that run.

Both teams have met nine times so far, with Brazil winning all of these clashes and scoring 27 goals at an average of three per game, while conceding just seven strikes.

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