Brazil downs Costa Rica with stoppage time flurry

Posted June 26, 2018

Neymar is hurting, probably physically and nearly for sure emotionally.

In most of the first half, Brazil remained in possession while an organized Costa Rica side's defense kept the former away from scoring.

Brazil, five-time champion of World Cup, disappointed on their World Cup opener as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Rostov-On-Don on Sunday night.

"Even parrots can talk, but walking the walk... not everyone does it". Neymar wrote alongside a picture of himself looking toward the sky.

Neymar has since revealed on Instagram the real reason for his tears, saying: "The cry is of joy, of overcoming, of clawing and willing to win. No, not the dream, the GOAL!".

Fan Alberto Gomez told Xinhua that "it was a good game with Brazil, but it can not be that this team has so little to offer in attack".

Coutinho got the victor in the 91st minute, and Neymar got his goal later in stoppage time as the South Americans move to four points in Group F and have a little breathing room with one match to play.

How this Brazil side could do with just a sprinkling of the brio of the teams of 1970 and 1982. Up next will be Serbia on Wednesday.

Friday was an important day for Neymar.

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Coach Tite's team were heading for a second inglorious draw when Barcelona midfielder Coutinho popped up to poke home from Roberto Firmino's nod down.

The Paris Saint-Germain man would eventually play but struggled for the most part.

Cameras then captured the exchange between the Brazilian star and the official.

Following the whistle that ended the match, he sank to his knees in tears.

Costa Rican fans and media were bitter after their team was eliminated from the 2018 Russia World Cup, after losing 0-2 to Brazil.

Philippe Coutinho is on the same level as Brazil team-mate Neymar, according to Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz.

"I think Brazil's changes made an impact", Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez said. "Theoretically he was right, because they stalled a lot".

"I returned the ball because it was not this ball that was going to win us the game". Neymar joined a year ago from Barcelona for a world record fee of 222 million euros ($260 million). "I try to look after him". It was Neymar's first goal of the tournament and 56th overall for Brazil, putting him third behind Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62).