Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored injury-time goals to secure 2-0 victory for Brazil over a stubborn Costa Rica, who were knocked out of World Cup after two consecutive defeats.

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Match Events

13′ Borges’ shot wide out!

CHANCE! Borges should put Costa Rica ahead, but he places his effort wide of the post.

26′ OFFSIDE! Jesus’ goal disallowed!

DISALLOWED GOAL! Jesus latches on to Marcelo’s low drive into the box before controlling and firing past Navas. The offside flag goes up late to disallow the attempt, although it was a late one from the linesman.

41′ Marcelo’s shot denied!

SAVE! Marcelo probes towards the edge of the box before firing at goal on his right foot. His effort travels towards the bottom corner, but Navas gets down to make a comfortable save.

49′ Jesus’ header hits the bar!

OFF THE BAR! Fagner raids down the right and lifts a pinpoint cross into the box. Jesus pulls off his man to head at goal, but his effort clatters off the bar.

56′ Navas stops Neymar’s shot!

SAVE! Paulinho gets the better of Oviedo down the right flank and he fires a low cross into the box. Neymar latches on to the ball and shoots first time, but the PSG forward is denied by a brilliant fingertip by Navas.

58′ Amazing save from Navas again!

SHOT! Brazil have space on the counter as Paulinho again finds space on the right flank. There’s no room for a shot for the Barcelona man, but Coutinho takes over to shoot, only to fire straight at Navas.

71′ Neymar’s shot inches wide out

CHANCE! Gamboa makes a mistake at the back to open up a path to goal for Neymar 20 yards out. He curls his effort towards the top corner, but it sails the wrong side of the post to miss the target.

79′ Neymar tries to win a penalty for Brazil… but the ref says no after VAR review!

PENALTY TO BRAZIL! Neymar is pulled down in the box by Gonzalez and the referee points to the spot.

OVERTURN! The referee wants to take a second look at his decision. Neymar went down too easily in the box on second look and referee Kuipers overturns his initial decision.

91′ GOAL! Brazil 1-0 Costa Rica (Philippe Coutinho)

GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! COUTINHO FIRES HOME!!! BRAZIL HAVE A 1-0 LEAD!! Finally Brazil get the breakthrough as Coutinho stabs home from close range.

Marcelo’s cross from the left was knocked down by Firmino. Jesus took a poor first touch, but it fell perfectly for the run of Coutinho, who fired his effort through the legs of Navas. Relief on the bench for Tite.

97′ GOAL! Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica (Neymar)

GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! NEYMAR GETS HIS GOAL!!! BRAZIL 2-0!!!! Neymar secures the win for Brazil as he converts from close range.

Douglas Costa’s run down the right proved to be too much for the tiring Costa Rica defence to handle. He put the ball on a plate for Neymar to tap home and he made no mistake from six yards. Game over.

Match Report

Philippe Coutinho and Neymar both scored in stoppage time to snatch victory for Brazil after the Paris Saint-Germain forward had been denied a penalty by VAR in a 2-0 World Cup victory over Costa Rica.

Desperate for a win after being held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening fixture, Brazil looked like missing out on the three points when the decision to award Neymar a spot-kick was overturned in the 79th minute.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward went down softly under the challenge of Giancarlo Gonzalez, with referee Bjorn Kuipers initially pointing to the spot.

However, VAR intervention led to a reversal of the decision, as replays showed minimal contact between Gonzalez and Neymar, who had fallen backwards as if pulled down.

The incident came late on in a match Brazil dominated but in which for long spells they struggled to break down a determined Costa Rica defence.

However, with the clock having ticked past 90 minutes, Coutinho and Neymar stepped forward to break Costa Rican hearts and spare Brazilian blushes, sending their side top of Group E ahead of the clash between Serbia and Switzerland.

Neymar dropped to his knees in tears on the final whistle after the tournament’s most successful side came through a real test of character against a Costa Rica side whose hopes of progression are now over.

Line-ups

Brazil XI: Miranda, Willian, Thiago Silva, Fagner, Marcelo, Paulinho, Coutinho, Alisson, Casemiro, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus

Subs: Filipe Luís, Renato Augusto, Geromel, Cássio, Fernandinho, Taison, Douglas Costa, Roberto Firmino, Marquinhos, Fred, Ederson

Costa Rica XI: Bryan Ruiz, Keylor Navas, Bryan Oviedo, Óscar Duarte, Celso Borges, Marco Ureña, Cristian Gamboa, Giancarlo González, Johnny Acosta, David Guzmán, Johan Venegas

Subs: Rándall Azofeifa, Patrick Pemberton, Rodney Wallace, Kendall Waston, Christian Bolaños, K. Gutiérrez, Joel Campbell, Yeltsin Tejeda, Leonel Moreira, Daniel Colindres, Francisco Calvo, Ian Smith

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