Neymar finds his touch at last

Neymar finds his touch at last

Neymar finds his touch at last

"It is going to be a hard game as are all games in the World Cup", Brazil attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho was quoted as saying.

The world's most expensive player was given a rough ride by the Swiss in a 1-1 draw on Sunday, suffering 10 fouls during the match, the most for any player in a single World Cup game for 20 years.

Brazil finishes the group stage with Serbia, while Costa Rica waits on Switzerland.

Costa Rica may feel a little aggrieved at Brazil's antics and it's fair to say they'll be attracting a lot of attention going forward as they all but step into the last-16.

Brazil forward Neymar broke down and wept uncontrollably on the pitch at the end of his team's hard-fought 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Friday.

"It's not normal to cry in the second game of a World Cup". "You can't put all the responsibility on one player".

Both play on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET, but only Brazil can get out of the group, not Costa Rica.

Brazil went into halftime with the boos and whistles of their own fans ringing in their ears but emerged with a renewed sense of goal, with Jesus heading against the bar four minutes after the restart and Coutinho sending the follow-up effort narrowly wide.

Brazil's Thiago Silva, right, challenges for the ball with Costa Rica's Marcos Urena, during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018.

In the two games they have played so far the class of 2018 have been pedestrian for long periods - reminiscent of Carlos Alberto Parreira's heavily-criticizsed champions from 1994.

The second half was proved intense, as Brazil appeared more aggressive from the beginning, with mounting threats in Costa Rica's half.

"Not everybody knows what I went through to get here".

Firmino also played a vital role in Brazil's victory as his presence added a scoring threat and his positioning allowed him to head the ball towards Coutinho to score the game's first goal.

"We don't need referees to win the game".

With Neymar still short of his best following the foot injury, Brazil once again turned to Coutinho for inspiration. He also ignored a Brazilian claim for a penalty after midfielder Paulinho bounced off defender Oscar Duarte contesting a high ball.

Neymar seemed panicked for most of the second half as his shots sailed over the bar or simply missed the mark, and he complained about almost every call.

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