Coutinho, Neymar strike late to guide Brazil past Costa Rica

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Preview: A battered and bruised Neymar will aim to get Brazil's World Cup campaign back on track here on Friday as the pre-tournament favourites seek to re-assert their title credentials with victory over Costa Rica.

Corinthians right-back Fagner replaced the injured Danilo in Brazil's only change.

The world's most expensive player scored Brazil's second stoppage-time goal and was in tears at the full-time whistle.

The competition's most decorated nation were in danger of failing to win either of their first two games in Russian Federation before Coutinho prodded in a stoppage-time opener and Neymar added a second in a 2-0 success.

"He is resuming a process". Brazil were not just unhappy with the treatment meted out to Neymar, but also Switzerland's equaliser when the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system failed to rule out Steven Zuber's equaliser for a slight push on Miranda.

Tite again stressed the Paris St Germain forward was still getting back up to speed following his lengthy spell out injured. A Malayali girl is among the children who would accompany players with the ball for the Group E match to be staged at the St. Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

"So I don't think this is true".

Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho (L) celebrates scoring a goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. He is a human being, he needs some time to resume his high standard.

He also came in for some criticism for his drab performance in the match, although his first goal of the World Cup has gone some way to relieving the pressure on his shoulders.

Brazil drew their opening Group E match with Switzerland 1-1, while Costa Rica are bottom of the standings after losing their first match against Serbia 1-0.

Costa Rica's only previous World Cup victory against South American opposition came in the 2014 tournament (3-1 vs Uruguay).

He last wore the armband during a 1-0 defeat by Argentina in June, that friendly loss in Australia being the only defeat suffered by coach Tite's Brazil in the last 22 games.

Neymar is known for his creative body art and has inspired fans to copy some of his designs, but this idea seemed to fall flat with his following.