Brazil take on Costa Rica in must win World Cup clash

Brazil’s Tite insists Neymar will reach his ‘best level’ at the World Cup

Brazil football star Neymar said the tears he shed following Friday's 2-0 victory here over Costa Rica were an expression of joy and triumph. "But his joy at being on the pitch is contagious".

A few minutes before the end, Neymar flopped backward to initially draw a penalty on Costa Rica, but the contact was so exaggerated the referee reversed the call after using video review.

Neymar let his emotions show after scoring for Brazil against Costa Rica, leading the FC crew to debate whether the display was over the top.

With the score tied in the first half and the Brazilian squad visibly frustrated by Costa Rica's defensive smarts, coach Tite made the adjustment by bringing in Douglas Costa for Willian. "Everyone shows it in their own way".

For long periods Costa Rica's flat-back five kept Neymar on the periphery, with Johan Venegas and Cristian Gamboa both man-marking him out of the game as Brazil found it hard to carve out chances in the first half.

However, there is some concern in Brazil that Neymar's tears are a sign he may struggle to handle the pressure against tougher opposition as the tournament progresses.

Neymar fired over from Paulinho's cutback and Coutinho shot straight at Keylor Navas after, again, Paulinho had teed it up.

The Brazil manager, Tite, insisted Neymar would reach his "best level" at the World Cup after his team's 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica in St Petersburg.

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Both Firmino and Costa had come on as substitutes in the second half. Thiago Silva and Miranda mean they can become too stretched out.

Supporters were in for a surprise on Friday as Brazil and Costa Rica walked out for their World Cup Group E clash in St. Petersburg wearing away colors despite no apparent clash in their home kits.

The first goal scored by either team is going to set this match alive and I think we are going to see plenty of goals being scored during the course of the match, so make sure you are watching it later on this evening!

Another bonus for Brazil was the fact Neymar, despite his recent injury issues, played the full match. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16. Argentina and Iceland have one point apiece. His two previous goals came at the 2014 tournament in Brazil in a group match against the two-time champions.

Iceland, the smallest nation ever to compete in the World Cup, was not as effective as it had been in last week's 1-1 draw against Argentina.

Serbia's early lead, thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic's powerful header, ends up in vain as Switzerland stages a spectacular comeback with two goals in the 52' and 90'.

Serbia had chances to score more before halftime.

" Brazil's next game is against Serbia on Wednesday".

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