2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

2018 FIFA World Cup™ 

Late show revives Brazil, eliminates Costa Rica

  • ​Philippe Coutinho and Neymar strike in stoppage time to snatch win
  • Defeat sees Costa Rica eliminated from Russia 2018
  • Brazil go top in Group E ahead of Serbia-Switzerland clash

Brazil broke Costa Rican hearts as they snatched a last-minute 2-0 win in Saint Petersburg. While late goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar kick-start their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, back-to-back defeats have ended the Central Americans' hopes of progression.

A Seleção controlled the game from start to finish, averaging two-thirds of possession while largely camped in the Costa Rican half. Chances were slim in the opening period, with the best falling to Los Ticos' Celso Borges as they threatened on the counter-attack.

Brazil got their eye in after the break, though, finally fashioning the clear-cut opportunities they had been threatening. While Gabriel Jesus rattled the bar, it took until the start of stoppage time for Coutinho to pounce on a loose ball before Neymar side-footed home with virtually the final kick of the game.

Team reporter analysis
Giancarlo Giampietro with Brazil [Follow: Twitter]

Tite was creative with his substitutions and with them the team gained speed and offensive presence compared to the opening period, putting Costa Rica under heavy pressure. Brazil gave a terrific performance in the second half and were persistent enough to keep chasing the goal, finally being rewarded in dramatic style in stoppage time. What an ending!

Diego Picado with Costa Rica [Follow: Twitter]
A tactical game with some touches of 'Jogo Bonito' from both sides, ultimately Costa Rica knew the only way to stop Brazil's exceptional striking options was with experience and tactical discipline across the board. The introduction of Christian Bolanos gave them another rhythm after the break, with greater speed an attempt to provide some respite from the defensive onslaught. But Brazil are Brazil. They pushed as hard as they could and they were rewarded with two goals. Costa Rica performed well but fell agonisingly short against one of the tournament favourites. ​

Budweiser Man of the Match
Philippe Coutinho added not only a second goal to his haul at Russia 2018, but also a second man of the match award, having again been a creative hub for A Seleção.

The stat
7 - While it clearly was the late show from Brazil, the statistics back it up, too. Neymar's strike seven minutes into stoppage time was the latest ever at a World Cup in regular time.

What’s next
Serbia v Brazil – Group E, 27 June, Moscow (Spartak)
Switzerland v Costa Rica – Group E, 27 June, Nizhny Novgorod

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