Tips and predictions for Brazil vs Costa Rica

Neymar in training

The competition's most decorated nation were in danger of failing to win either of their first two games in Russian Federation before Coutinho prodded in a stoppage-time opener and Neymar added a second in a 2-0 success.

Billed as one of the tournament favorites in Russia, Brazil has four points heading into its last group game against Serbia next Wednesday.

Realising that Brazil are dependent on particular players for chances, Tite introduced Costa in the second-half, replacing the ineffective Willian on the right.

"These players are trying to cheat and they are trying to gain an advantage for that, so why should they be allowed to play in the following game because other teams are obviously disadvantaged?" he said.

Earlier in added time Philippe Coutinho had broken the deadlock, after a Brazil penalty had been ruled out thanks to VAR.

Brazil went into halftime with the boos and whistles of their own fans ringing in their ears but emerged with a renewed sense of goal, with Jesus heading against the bar four minutes after the restart and Coutinho sending the follow-up effort narrowly wide.

The PSG forward, 26, scored late for Brazil to wrap up all three points for the South Americans.


As was the case against Switzerland on Sunday, Neymar was on the receiving end of some physical treatment from Costa Rica's defenders but he didn't feel he was adequately protected.

After Brazil's Neymar took a spectacularly languid fall in the penalty area, social media users wasted no time in pointing out how unconvincing it was.

Five time World Cup champions Brazil will play against Costa Rica today in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation.

"It's not normal to cry in the second game of a World Cup", Brazil's biggest newspaper, O Globo, said.

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.

But Argentina and World Cup debutants Iceland have to win their respective games against Nigeria and Croatia next week to have a chance of advancing.

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