Brazil’s win against Costa Rica turns Neymar and Tweeple emotional

Brazil’s win against Costa Rica turns Neymar and Tweeple emotional

Brazil’s win against Costa Rica turns Neymar and Tweeple emotional

Neymar faced the most devoted of markers in Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa, the Brazilian spending most of the half hopping over scything tackles or dodging past a barging shoulder.

Dramatic late strikes by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave Brazil their first win of the World Cup against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday (Jun 22).

Brazil had many chances throughout the game, with Costa Rica avoiding disaster through a strong defensive performance and the virtuosity we have come to expect from Navas.

Neymar was denied a penalty after the referee reversed his decision following the intervention of VAR.

And in a second half filled with Brazil pressing to score, there were a few times where he seemed to get knocked down, including this moment in which Neymar was pulled down.

Musa, recalled to the starting team by coach Gernot Rohr, made it 2-0 in the 75th minute when he found space on the left, beat Iceland defender Kari Arnason and rounded goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson before slamming the ball into the net.

Neymar fired over from Paulinho's cutback and Coutinho shot straight at Keylor Navas after, again, Paulinho had teed it up.

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

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Yesterday's Croatia tactic of swarming Lionel Messi will likely translate to Costa Rica vs Neymar.

Brazil outshot Costa Rica 23 to 4 over the course of the match with nine on target to zero for the CONCACAF squad.

- Costa Rica had just three shots in this match, with all of those coming in the opening 15 minutes.

Neymar played the full match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium and saved his best until the 96th minute, adding a second goal after Philippe Coutinho had broken the deadlock five minutes earlier.

In other World Cup betting action in the days ahead, Iceland can take a huge step towards advancing to the knockout stage at their first World Cup when they battle Nigeria on Friday as razor-thin +170 chalk.

Brazil coach Tite has admitted Neymar could need five games under his belt to get back to his best.

Similarly, Neymar became used to Brazilian referees giving him a free kick for every minor contact and fall.

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