Costa Rica couldn't have done any more vs. Brazil - coach Oscar Ramirez

Costa Rica couldn't have done any more vs. Brazil - coach Oscar Ramirez

Costa Rica couldn't have done any more vs. Brazil - coach Oscar Ramirez

Neymar looked to have a won a penalty kick when Gonzalez tugged him in the six, but VAR overturned the call.

Costa Rica are in desperate need for a win after being defeated by Serbia in their opening group game and this set us up for a very interesting game.

"When I gave the ball back (to Costa Rica) he insulted me", Silva said in comments reported by

It was unfortunate that Navas failed to stop Coutinho's goal in stoppage time as the Brazilian's attempt went between the Real Madrid man's legs and the second goal was mostly the defence's fault but it should not take away from the fact that Navas had a stellar outing.

For the game against Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg, Neymar came out with far less defiant hair.

When the ball was squared to him by Douglas Costa deep into injury time for the PSG player to slot into an empty net, the relief was palpable. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16.

The Costa Rica coach rejected the criticism that he had been too cautious with his tactics. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland.

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Neymar has been involved in 18 goals in his last 17 appearances for Brazil (10 goals, eight assists).

After more than 90 minutes of aggravation and exasperation, Brazil finally broke through Costa Rica's smothering defense.

Tite said last week that Neymar was yet to reach full fitness after undergoing surgery to fix a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot in March.

A brace by Ahmed Musa earned Nigeria a 2-0 win over Iceland and ensured the battle for the second qualification spot from Group D will go to the final round of matches. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.

Tite head coach / manager of Brazil reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Firmino also played a vital role in Brazil's victory as his presence added a scoring threat and his positioning allowed him to head the ball towards Coutinho to score the game's first goal.

Shaqiri's runs down the wings were a constant threat to Serbia's defense, and the Swiss midfield recovered after a shaky start to dominate the same way it did against Brazil in its tournament opener.

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