July 17, 2018

Neymar and Philippe Coutinho leave it late to make their class pay for Brazil in feisty victory over Costa Rica (Telegraph)

Neymar and Philippe Coutinho leave it late to make their class pay for Brazil in feisty victory over Costa Rica  (Telegraph)

This game will be remembered as the day Brazil escaped a place alongside Argentina in the danger zone with two stoppage-time goals – and as a victory for VAR, after a penalty awarded to Neymar for an innocuous hand-touch by a Costa Rica defender was overturned by Bjorn Kuipers, the referee, who acknowledged his own mistake on review.

The tournament is breathing easier after the favourites, who who were mostly unconvincing – scored in stoppage time through Philippe Coutinho, their outstanding player, and Neymar, moments before the whistle. Brazil were sucked into Neymar’s private dramas throughout their second Group E fixture but the world’s most expensive footballer at least made his mark with a tap-in that sends Tite’s side into the Serbia game with a clear victory in Saint Petersburg. Read more

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