Brazil secure vital 2-0 victory over Costa Rica

Neymar will be fit to face Costa Rica in Brazil's second Group E match

Neymar will be fit to face Costa Rica in Brazil's second Group E match

Kolarov, whose stunning free-kick saw off Costa Rica, stressed Serbia will maintain its intensity when the Balkan nation faces Switzerland in Kaliningrad on Friday. "You have to be mentally strong from the beginning until the end".

Neymar dropped to his knees after the final whistle, sobbing in his hands as his teammates surrounded him and then lifted him off the ground.

Time and again they hurled themselves at the Costa Rican goal only to be repelled until their opponent's resistance finally broke.

"His joy of being back on the pitch is contagious".

Take a look through the gallery above to see the emotional pictures as Neymar is reduced to tears following Brazil's win over Costa Rica. It earned Brazil's biggest star a yellow card.

Tite later addressed the media to say he would have backed his first instinct and offered his support to Neymar. "He has the responsibility, the pressure. We each show it in our own way".

Initially, Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers adjudged that Giancarlo Gonzalez's minor grab at Neymar's shirt as the two players brushed past one another was substantial enough to warrant a penalty. With the match in danger of ending in a draw, the Brazilians seemed nervous but composed themselves through the seven minutes of injury time.

The clock had ticked past 90 minutes when Marcelo crossed from the left and substitute Roberto Firmino headed the ball back across goal to Gabriel Jesus.

The 5-times champions became clinical in the dying moments of the game to a seal a 2-0 victory inside five minutes with Coutinho finding the breakthrough in the first minute of injury-time.

The tide continued to lap at Costa Rica's door in the second half.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica have knocked out of the tournament after failing to notch any point from two games.

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In the first half did not. Jesus put a header onto the crossbar, and Neymar's hurried shot curled wide.

It was a though game for Brazil after opening draw against Switzerland. Costa Rica can no longer reach the last 16.

"We never tried to hurt him", Ramirez said.

"I think we did good".

Neymar has been involved in 18 goals in his last 17 appearances for Brazil (10 goals, eight assists).

Though not so much those online - or the ref, after VAR reversed the initial penalty award.

After the second half also ended at 0-0, the match went into the regulation time. "We don't want help, Brazil doesn't need help".

It came at the flawless time with Brazil set to face a tough Serbia squad and the confidence they gained with this win could help them get three more points against the European squad. Both play on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET, but only Brazil can get out of the group, not Costa Rica.

With the game still scoreless 13 minutes from time, Neymar collapsed under a soft challenge in the box and thought he had won a penalty for his misfiring side. Is he going to be back to his best? Neymar wrote alongside a picture of himself looking toward the sky.

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Neymar is third on Brazil's all-time scorers' list, behind Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62).

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