Costa Rica disappointed after Brazil defeat

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

Star striker Neymar and midfielder Philippe Coutinho pulled up injury-time goals as second-ranked Brazil brushed aside 23rd-ranked Costa Rica 2-0 in their second match in Group E at the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup here at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Friday.

His first touch took the ball away from the defender and Coutinho raced in to poke it through the legs of Keylor Navas from six metres out and claim his second goal of the tournament.

However, Coutinho's finish banished the tension and frustration, and led to 57-year-old Tite tumbling onto the pitch during the celebrations among Brazil's squad and coaches.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward took to social media in the aftermath of the Group E victory to explain why he put his head in his hands and cried after scoring Brazil's second goal in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time to wrap up his side's first victory of Russian Federation 2018.

All the focus was on Neymar after a coming-together that left the world's most expensive player on the floor.

"Not everybody knows what I went through to get here". Even a parrot can talk.

Neymar has since revealed on Instagram the real reason for his tears, saying: "The cry is of joy, of overcoming, of clawing and willing to win".

"Things were never easy in my life, so why would they be now? Congratulations for the performance, guys", he added.

In stark contrast to Brazil's relief, Argentina and the under-performing Lionel Messi were in disarray following their shambolic 3-0 defeat to Croatia on Thursday.

Adding to the acrimony, several Spanish media outlets reported on an audio recording of former Argentina global Diego Simeone in which he lambasts the "anarchy" in the team and says he would choose Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo over Messi, if he had the choice.

Nigeria's pace and solid defending were enough to beat Iceland 2-0, with a double from Ahmed Musa.

The combined prayers of Nigerians and Argentinians, who face imminent exit from the World Cup if Iceland were to win, seems to have worked against Iceland.

That set up a showdown between Nigeria and Argentina in St Petersburg.

The result leaves Brazil with four points from two games after they drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their opening match, and they provisionally rise above Serbia to top Group E.

It was a poignant victory for Shaqiri and fellow Swiss goalscorer Granit Xhaka, who along with team-mate Valon Belrami were booed relentlessly by Serbia's fans because they have roots in Kosovo, a former province of Serbia whose declaration of independence Belgrade refuses to recognize. The thumbs represent the heads of the two eagles, while the fingers look like the feathers.

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