Brazil to take on Costa Rica, Iceland to face Nigeria

Brazil to take on Costa Rica, Iceland to face Nigeria

Brazil to take on Costa Rica, Iceland to face Nigeria

Tite was creative with his substitutions and with them the team gained speed and offensive presence compared to the opening period, putting Costa Rica under heavy pressure.

Neymar played the full match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium and saved his best until the 96th minute, adding a second goal after Philippe Coutinho had broken the deadlock five minutes earlier.

The 26-year-old winced in pain after kicking the ball during a training session and then left the pitch in Sochi for treatment to his right ankle.

Neymar was tipped heavily to shine at this World Cup, but he lacked an end product against the Swiss.

The Brazilian football federation said on Thursday that Neymar is just fine and posted photos and a video of him practicing on Wednesday with the rest of the squad.

A Seleção controlled the game from start to finish, averaging two-thirds of possession while largely camped in the Costa Rican half.

The result takes Brazil to the top of Group E with four points, while Costa Rica have none and therefore exit the competition.

Brazil only managed a 1-1 tie against Switzerland in the country's first game of the 2018 tournament. After revisiting what had happened, he decided that Benitez had not fouled Neymar and canceled the penalty amid protests from the Brazilians. I know the group is tough, but against Brazil we have to play good soccer just like Switzerland did. We're gonna win and go for the next game, 3-0.

Even though it appeared the star embellished, it still must have been frustrating for the man tasked with delivering another World Cup to Brazil.

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