Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho and Neymar snatch win to sink Costa Rica

Brazil had to battle to see off Costa Rica at the St Petersburg Stadium and record their first victory of this World Cup, winning 2-0 with goals in added time from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar. After their opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland, the result lifts Brazil up to four points, while Costa Rica are out of the World Cup, having lost their opening Group E match 1-0 to Serbia.

Brazil had more of the possession and more of the shots in the first half but they could not turn their dominance into goals. Gabriel Jesus had the ball in the net after 26 minutes but it was correctly ruled out for offside. Both Philippe Coutinho and Marcelo had long-range shots that whizzed off target, while Celso Borges shot wide from eight yards out for Costa Rica when he should really have done better.

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via Football | The Guardian

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