How to watch Brazil vs. Costa Rica

Tanya Simon
June 23, 2018

It's unclear why Neymar was so emotional after the game but it the three points were crucial for Brazil who only need a draw in their final group game to reach the knockout stages.

The opening 10 minutes produced little goal-mouth action with Costa Rica defending in numbers and producing plenty of aggressive tackling to ruffle Brazilian feathers.

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.

With this victory, Brazil will progress to Round of 16, whereas Costa Rica has been eliminated from the tournament.

In the 13th minute Los Ticos almost snatched a shock lead on the break as Cristian Gamboa sprinted forward down the right and pulled the ball back to a wide open Celso Borges in space.

Coutinho poked the ball past goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the first minute of injury time, and Neymar volleyed in another with virtually the last kick of the game six minutes later.

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Costa Rica fell to the bottom of Group E with an opening loss to Serbia.

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.

Rising superbly to meet a header from Marcelo's cross, Roberto Firmino nodded the ball down to striker Gabriel Jesus, who then flicked it to a sprinting Coutinho in the penalty area.

Soon after the win, Brazil supporters took to social media to praise the performance of the team.

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