Thiago Silva "Saddened" Having Been Insulted By Neymar During Costa Rica Game

Brazil vs Costa Rica : Neymar starts as Tite keeps faith in stars

He was (out for) three and a half months and he played the full match. He took the field for the match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi last Monday. A loss by Brazil will put them into a must-win situation against Serbia.

Many thought they would steamroll Switzerland in their Group E opener, but the European side held out for a 1-1 draw.

Having been frustrated for nearly the entire game, Coutinho poked the ball past Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas one minute into stoppage time before Neymar's volley wrapped up the points for a relieved Brazil.

At first, referee Bjorn Kuipers gave the spot-kick but the incident was looked at again by VAR and, though Gonzalez did grab at Neymar's jersey as he slipped, the contact appeared minimal prior to the world's most expensive footballer hitting the deck.

- Neymar has been fouled 14 times so far in the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. We showed a lot of patience until the end of the game and were rewarded with those two goals.

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It almost worked. Kuipers scolded Neymar to stop yapping at him about uncalled fouls, then delivered a yellow card when Neymar slammed the ball with his hand after yet another didn't go his way.

Costa Rica's only previous World Cup victory against South American opposition came in the 2014 tournament (3-1 vs Uruguay).

How much an emotional victory proves to be a launch pad rather than a false dawn remains to be seen as the pre-tournament favourites made heavy work of a Costa Rica side that have now lost their past four games.

Keylor Navas was in inspiring form, displaying why he's rated one of the world's best, thwarting Jesus, Coutinho and Neymar on several occasions. We don't need any help, the players don't need help, I don't want help.

The Brazil manager, Tite, insisted Neymar would reach his "best level" at the World Cup after his team's 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica in St Petersburg. Coach Tite, who was watching the game from the sidelines, couldn't control himself as he ran passionately to celebrate with the players, falling dramatically, midway after a slight push from Ederson who was trying to hug him from behind.

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