Brazil secure vital 2-0 victory over Costa Rica

Neymar on the ball in training

"Absolutely not. The information you got is not true", Tite responded to a Brazilian journalist. Costa Rica are bottom of the standings and already out the tournament.

Neymar is one of the best players in the world, and that status has made him a target for opposing defenses.

And with Neymar's injury situation filling column inches in the lead-up to the game, Ramirez said that his team won't be looking to test the player's right ankle. "We fought until the end and we were rewarded".

"We know he had a hard injury, he went through a very bad patch", Coutinho said through a translator, referring to Neymar breaking a bone in his right foot four months ago.

"His joy of being back on the pitch is contagious". It earned Brazil's biggest star a yellow card.

Brazil are otherwise unchanged as Tite announced their squad on Thursday with the news that Neymar is expected to start. "Everyone shows it in their own way".

The climactic act came with the 78th minute penalty appeal, in which a slight shirt tug seemed to haul down the PSG man with a half-second delay.

Jesus's first touch took the ball away from the defender and Coutinho raced in to poke past Keylor Navas from six metres out and claim his second goal of the tournament.

They have bought themselves, and Neymar, precious time.

The second game of the day saw Nigeria eventually overcome Iceland, as Musa lit up the second period.

"I reacted to this episode quietly, but I was sad from such behavior on the part of Neymar for me", said Silva. "It became very hard for us". In the next match against Costa Rica, he complained to the referee frequently about not getting calls in his favor.

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After a drab and scrappy first half at St. Petersburg Stadium, Brazil came out energized and the chances piled up.

After the break Jesus heads an effort against the crossbar and Coutinho sends the follow-up effort narrowly wide.

Tite also said he would use the same 11 players that were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in the team's opening match. But he was also in theatrical mode against Costa Rica, tumbling over dramatically when touched.

"The excitement about the World Cup has gone", Tite said.

Brazil's Neymar takes a tumble and is awarded a penalty, later reversed. Once again, he just waved them away.

"I returned the ball because it was not this ball that was going to win us the game". "Brazil doesn't need any help".

In another match in the group on 22 June at 21.00, will play Serbia and Switzerland.

Another bonus for Brazil was the fact Neymar, despite his recent injury issues, played the full match. Miranda and Thiago Silva are the centre-backs, with Alisson in goal.

"Twitter can't stand Neymar", one user wrote.

He returned and scored in World Cup warm-up friendly wins against Croatia and Austria, but did not complete 90 minutes until facing Switzerland.

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