Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Twitter reacts as Brazil steal a win vs Costa Rica

Twitter reacts as Brazil steal a win vs Costa Rica

Philippe Coutinho and Neymar have scored in injury time to give Brazil a 2-0 win over Costa Rica at the World Cup.

Jesus's first touch took the ball away from the defender and into the path of Coutinho who raced in to poke past goalkeeper Keylor Navas from six meters out for his second goal of the tournament.

Brazil had many chances throughout the game, with Costa Rica avoiding disaster through a strong defensive performance and the virtuosity we have come to expect from Navas.

Brazil went into the break with the boos and whistles of their fans ringing in their ears but emerged with a renewed sense of objective, with Jesus heading against the bar four minutes after the restart and Coutinho sending the follow-up effort narrowly wide.

Brazil are not alone among the pre-tournament favourites in having a slow start in Russian Federation and Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz is hoping his side too can cause an upset to keep their chances of qualifying for the last 16 alive.

Brazil's Neymar reacts after falling in the penalty area during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium.

Brazil leave it late to beat Costa Rica in return to winning World Cup form.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward went down softly under the challenge of Giancarlo Gonzalez, with referee Bjorn Kuipers initially pointing to the spot.

Brazil were poor in the first half but pressed for goals in more urgent second period.

Costa Rica's hopes of progress from Group E, meanwhile, are over and coach Oscar Ramirez defended his team's ultra-defensive tactics.

Billed as one of the tournament favorites in Russia, Brazil has four points heading into its last group game against Serbia next Wednesday.

That is the only change from Costa Rica's 1-0 loss to Serbia on Sunday.

"The joy, the satisfaction, and the pride of representing the Brazilian national team is a lot", Tite told reporters.

Philippe Coutinho's goal against Switzerland was his 11th for Brazil - five of those have come from outside the box.

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