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Neymar and Coutinho goals give Brazil win against Costa Rica

World Cup 2018: How to Watch Brazil vs Costa Rica World Cup Live: Brazil takes on Costa Rica
Jennie Wade | 26 June, 2018, 22:14

Neymar thought he had a penalty with 13 minutes remaining when the referee awarded a spot-kick, then changed his decision after a video assistant referee (VAR) review and adjudging he dived.

If Switzerland win, Serbia must beat Brazil in their final game to progress.

And with seconds remaining Neymar, the world's most expensive player, tapped in Douglas Costa's cross to secure Brazil's first win of the tournament.

In the intervening period, Neymar also audaciously completed a rainbow flick over the head of Costa Rica substitute Yeltsin Tejeda and fell to his knees in emotional scenes at the final whistle.

A 1-0 win over Costa Rica and Brazil's surprise 1-1 draw with Switzerland has left Serbia on the cusp of advancing from Group E in Russian Federation.

"I think you have to let it out, a great weight was lifted off our shoulders", Thiago Silva said, in quotes reported by Globo's website.

But back home, there was a special pair of Brazil fans who celebrated Coutinho's opener like no other.

Costa Rica's only previous World Cup victory against South American opposition came in the 2014 tournament (3-1 vs Uruguay).

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With a match still to be played between Serbia and Switzerland, it is unknown just yet what position Brazil will be playing for. He said: " Not everyone knows what I went through to get here ". "He needs some time to resume his high standard".

Despite the fact that the Brazilians possessed the ball 65% of game time, the target they struck only once (Costa Ricans generally never). If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16.

The Semanario Universidad newspaper wrote "The Sele (selection) bids goodbye to Russian Federation in the most cruel banner", while also praising Costa Rica's defensive masterclass against Brazil.

Their stout defence nearly resulted in the two teams sharing points if not for the Brazilians finding the back of the net in stoppage time of the second half. He first flopped to the ground in front of goal, hoping to draw a penalty.

"Brazil sank Costa Rica when it hurt the most".

Nigeria's Ahmed Musa, right, scores his side's second goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018.

Neymar, receiving from Philippe, nearly scored before he took out Keylor Navas amid scramble.

Ramirez, whose side lost 1-0 to Serbia in their opening game, said those switches had made the difference.

"We don't need referees to win the game, we just want it to be fair".

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