Tearful Neymar Finds His Spark Just in Time for Brazil

Posted June 25, 2018

Costa Rica put forward a stubborn defence for the majority of the match and it seemed when Neymar had a penalty decision overturned by VAR that it was not going to be Brazil's day.

Philippe Coutinho finally broke a dogged Costa Rica´s resistance in the 91st minute before Neymar added a second in the 96th to propel the five-time champions towards the World Cup last 16.

He set up the second goal for Neymar.

Serbia take on Switzerland in the late game looking to build on an opening victory over Costa Rica earned through Aleksandar Kolarov's brilliant free-kick.

Marcelo, Coutinho and Neymar, however, hardly make for the most conscientious combination out wide and when Johan Venegas ran clear down the right, his pullback should have been converted by Celso Borges, who skewed past the post.

Gabriel Jesus had the ball in the back of the goal in the 26th minute, but was deemed offside.

Of greater concern to Costa Rica supporters this week were reports of a breakdown in relations among factions of their squad, most notably between Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas and other senior players.

When Philippe Coutinho's hammered shot was blocked out for a corner, it simultaneously felt like Brazil's goal was either inevitable or destined to not arrive.

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Neymar then lashed out on Instagram. In addition, a very sad look Neymar, who at times even scared and the coaching staff of Brazil, pakulski on the injured a few months ago the right foot.

He 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.

Subsequently, Neymar lost insane chance, very little is not hitting the top corner of the goal from the penalty line, and in the 78th minute, the star forward lost his duel, VAR. Neymar fell in the fight against Gonzalez, and Kuipers pointed to the spot.

Following that dramatic Group E encounter, two fine goals from Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria their first win of the tournament against Iceland in Group D.

A loss by Costa Rica would cause them to be eliminated from the tournament.

The ex-Ballon d'Or victor is visiting the Brazilian camp on a regular basis, where he talks to Neymar and spends private time with the 26-year-old.

His poor performance ultimately sealed his fate in the match as he only played the first half before coach Tite brought in Douglas Costa to take his place.

But Nigeria's second-half display in Volgograd was arguably as good as any in the World Cup and came after a fairly dour first half in which the Super Eagles did not register a shot on target.

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