Brazil take on Costa Rica in must win World Cup clash


"All of the players have this responsibility of playing for the collective (good) and being individuals".

Brazil's player celebrate their second goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 22, 2018. Brazil have won nine of their 10 previous internationals against Costa Rica, losing only in a friendly in March 1960. Up next will be Serbia on Wednesday.

The incident happened as Costa Rica appeared to be wasting time in an effort to see the match out - then deadlocked at 0-0 despite Brazil's dominance - to steal a point. He first flopped to the ground in front of goal, hoping to draw a penalty.

Neymar earned a penalty decision in the second half, but it was chalked off after a review by the VAR system, and Tite thought it should have stood.

Having fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot back in February, there was serious doubt as to whether Neymar would recover in time for this competition.

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Brazil coach Tite announced his team the day before the game, with injured right back Danilo replaced by Fagner. They are on four points with Serbia to come in their final Group E outing next week.

There was still time for a second, with Costa teeing up Neymar for the simplest of finishes to make it a somewhat flattering scoreine.

Gabriel Jesus had the ball in the back of the goal in the 26th minute, but was deemed offside. "By the time I returned the ball, he insulted me", Silva told Brazil's Globo.

There was an injury scare after he limped out of Tuesday's training session with a sore ankle but to his team's relief the forward is expected to be fit for what could be Brazil's fourth World Cup match without a win.

Not many people will agree with me however, for if there is one think that Brazil knows how to do it is to play at global level, and they will not be letting their guard down throughout this match, which for reference is going to be the very first match played today.

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To be fair, Costa Rica had planned to be physical with the Paris Saint-Germain star, fouling him on different occasions to stop him from making a run towards the goal.

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As he hid his face inside his blue Brazil shirt, he had the look of a man who wondered if he had squandered his best opportunity. "I thought I was going to have a heart attack, but we took care of the game in the Brazilian way".

It was followed by tears.

Tite also denied he had asked Neymar to alter his attacking style to better serve the team after the disappointing draw.

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