Neymar Reduced To Tears At The Full-Time Whistle After Brazil Win

Tanya Simon
June 22, 2018

Brazil were due to fly to Saint Petersburg on Wednesday evening ahead of Friday's game against Costa Rica there.

The Liverpool forward came on after 68 minutes of play in the World Cup finals group-stage encounter, with the scoreline locked at 0-0. Costa Rica performed well but fell agonisingly short against one of the tournament favourites.

However, Philippe Coutinho popped up to score in the 91st minute with Neymar also getting on the score-sheet.

At half-time, Brazil has had the lion's share of possession but have nothing to show for it. While Ureña acknowledged Brazil won't be easy, he was confident his team could reprise the magic from four years ago. Although Brazil coach Tite said Neymar still needs time to reach peak shape, he insisted he is not endangering the striker's health.

"Neymar is one of the best players in the world and it's a great plus to have him in the team", Coutinho continued.

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"We need to stay cool when we shoot and be more precise", he told reporters. "We have our own strategy and we will see what happens". That was the message we took from the first game.

Brazil, like Argentina, were held to a goal-apiece draw by the Swiss at Rostov-on-Don on Sunday, a result that would've frustrated their boss Tite given how fancied they were coming into the tournament.

Today's Group D match between Nigeria and Iceland took on extra significance after Argentina were emphatically beaten 3-0 by Croatia on Thursday.

Neymar could be a doubt for Brazil's Group E clash against Costa Rica on Friday after he limped out of a training session with what appeared to be a foot complaint on Tuesday.

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