Late show revives Brazil, eliminates Costa Rica

Late show revives Brazil, eliminates Costa Rica

Late show revives Brazil, eliminates Costa Rica

Neymar rounded on his critics and defended his emotional reaction to scoring in Brazil's 2-0 World Cup win over Costa Rica after he broke down in tears at the final whistle.

The Brazilian talisman has called for more protection after claiming he is being cynically and deliberately targeted by opposition players.

Neymar returned and scored in World Cup warm-up friendly wins against Croatia and Austria but Tite admitted it could take up to five games for his star forward to be back to his best. Iceland, meanwhile, is soaring after a 1-1 draw with mighty Argentina in its World Cup debut.

Kuipers laid a hand on Neymar's chest who said: "Don't touch me". Gabriel Jesus started Brazil's opening group game but was substituted out by Roberto Firmino, who was the stronger player and almost scored a late victor from a header.

Not everyone knows what I've been through to get here, everyone can talk about it, but not everyone can do it! "If we don't focus on Nigeria and don't get a result there, then that (Argentina) point is no use for anyone".

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A Seleção controlled the game from start to finish, averaging two-thirds of possession while largely camped in the Costa Rican half.

That looked hard to argue against, on Friday, as Costa Rican players took lumps out of the 26-year-old in their Group E encounter.

Brazil only managed a 1-1 tie against Switzerland in the country's first game of the 2018 tournament.

Asked whether he thought the change of haircut would work in the team's favor, Carles replied: "Yes yes, we hope so. today is the match for Brazil".

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