Neymar's message for Brazil fans after late Costa Rica win

Jo Caldwell
June 26, 2018

Tite, Head coach of Brazil and Philippe Coutinho talk to the media during a press conference after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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With one minute of it played, Coutinho broke the deadlock when he fired in after substitute Firmino and Jesus had combined.

And his players clearly respect him, with Coutinho and captain Thiago Silva speaking of how the team is learning to keep going right to the final whistle.

To cap off a fine evening for himself and for the team, the world's most expensive footballer of all time then went ahead and scored a tap-in to get his account up and running at the World Cup. "But his joy at being on the pitch is contagious".

Neymar has been offered support by his coach Tite after the Brazil star was seen crying at the end of a dramatic victory over Costa Rica.

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"Brazil have the quality, they have the players and they have the experience", he said. "Everyone shows it in their own way".

Tite also felt his team's second-half penalty, chalked off after a VAR review, should have stood, despite a minor degree of contact with Neymar's shirt at the vital moment. "It's just a pity they scored in injury time". Frustrated into stoppage time, the breakthrough finally arrived via a deft finish from Coutinho.

"We had to keep the balance but we created opportunities in the second half - we had Joel and Bolanos warming up in the first half".

"We closed them very well".

Serbia, who have three points, play Switzerland, who drew with Brazil in their opener, later on Friday.

Costa Rica are eliminated from the tournament as a result of their second defeat on the bounce.

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In the first half did not.

After the break Jesus heads an effort against the crossbar and Coutinho sends the follow-up effort narrowly wide.

In Brazil's opening 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Neymar had been fouled 10 times, sometimes harshly. Though the Costa Rica team defended well but were of no challenge to Brazil whatsoever.

"We never tried to hurt him", Ramirez said. We don't need any help, the players don't need help, I don't want help.

Neymar, receiving from Philippe, nearly scored before he took out Keylor Navas amid scramble. With this victory, Brazil will progress to Round of 16, while Costa Rica goes back home.

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