Brazil’s Neymar produces skill of the tournament

GK Alisson

It was a though game for Brazil after opening draw against Switzerland.

A few minutes before the end, Neymar flopped backward to initially earn a penalty, but the contact was so exaggerated that the referee reversed the call after using video review.

However, Neymar too joined Coutinho in the injury-time as he notched his first goal of the World Cup to hand Brazil 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

Asked about Neymar's tears after the final whistle in Saint Petersburg, the central defender said: "There's a lot of responsibility on him, and not everyone is capable of taking that on in the way he does".

The PSG star collapsed to the ground and burst into tears while the rest of his team-mates celebrated. "To me it was a penalty", he said.

Barcelona's Coutinho, who scored with a brilliant strike in the opening game, failed to find his range and Chelsea's Willian, taken off at half-time, was terrible on the right.

Hallgrimsson's men continued their remarkable fairytale exploits among global football's elite in their opening match at the 2018 World Cup, holding Lionel Messi and Argentina to a 1-1 draw.

Brazil fired out of the gates to start the second half, and Navas was again busy as Neymar clattered into him in search of a loose ball.

"Not everyone knows what happened to me to get here", Neymar wrote. Both goals flew into the gate of Keilor Navas in injury time.

"We had a plan, strategy, idea to control the opponent with and without ball", Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez said.

Corinthians defender Fagner, who made his global debut in 2017, will win his fifth Brazil cap against Costa Rica.

The African side will secure a spot in the knockout stage if they beat Argentina on Tuesday in Group D's final round of fixtures.

Paris Saint-Germain's record signing was in danger of losing his cool completely when VAR overturned a decision to award him a penalty with just 10 minutes left to play.

The Brazil manager, Tite, insisted Neymar would reach his "best level" at the World Cup after his team's 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica in St Petersburg.

As early as in the third minute of the match, Brazil missed two chances when forward Bryan Ruiz lost the ball on the edge of the box and Philippe Coutinho's shot went over the goal post.

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