Injury-time goals bring Brazil first Russia World Cup victory

GK Alisson

GK Alisson

Los Ticos were incensed and the decision was overturned upon a VAR review. While Brazil started off slow, by not getting past the feisty opposition's midfield in the first half, they made up for the lost time by scoring a splendid goal in the 91st minute and then scoring again during extra time.

Neymar dropped to his knees after the final whistle, sobbing in his hands as his teammates surrounded him and then lifted him off the ground.

Because Brazil's opener also ended in a draw, Group E is wide open right now and Serbia will play Friday for an outright victory against Switzerland.

Navas pulled off a spectacular save in the second half to deny Neymar from close range, as the game opened up.

Neymar seemed to struggle against an aggressive Swiss side in the last match but Tite will give the PSG player full freedom to take on the Costa Rican defence.

Brazil were questioned at that tournament for their psychological readiness - the players' looked seriously freaked by Neymar's absence ahead of their 7-1 capitulation to Germany in the semi-final - and the same questions are starting to be asked now.

"I think the joy, the satisfaction and the pride of representing Brazil is a lot".

The most decorated team in soccer plays on the same day as the newest stars on the global stage as Brazil and Iceland both hit the pitch Friday in group stage of the World Cup.

With Brazil not now needing victory, that is unlikely and Gabriel Jesus should start again, having looked more and more unsafe as the game wore on against Costa Rica.

But Neymar chose to make blatant dives on several occasions and fight with both the referee and his opponents.

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

"When he (Neymar) draws the foul he is in front of goal", Tite said.

The win puts Switzerland into second place in Group E with four points, the same as Brazil.

"In my life things have never been easy, they would not be now!"

In Friday's late game, Switzerland came from behind to beat Serbia 2-1 thanks to Xherdan Shaqiri's 90th minute long-range thunderbolt to move level with Brazil on four points in Group E.

Costa Rica held Brazil to a goalless first half as they kept the attacking side at bay.

Brazil defender Thiago Silva said Neymar insulted him during the game against Costa Rica.

Riding in on a wave of expectation, with the painful end to the last FIFA World Cup™ seemingly just a footnote, Brazil did not get the all singing, all dancing start to Russian Federation 2018 they were hoping for.

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