Brazil strike late for victory

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The world's most expensive player then set alarm bells ringing when he hobbled out of training on Tuesday in full view of the cameras.

The remarks seemed to have got to the PSG man, as for the game versus Costa Rica on Friday at St. Petersburg Arena, the Brazil number 10 will sport a new, cropped design.

"He is resuming a process".

Tite, meanwhile, was left limping, after the 57-year-old reacted to Coutinho´s strike by bursting onto the pitch and tripping over his own feet.

Gonzalez did have a little tug on Neymar's shirt and Dutch referee Kuipers initially pointed to the spot, only to reverse his decision after looking at the video replay, adjudging the Paris Saint-Germain forward to have gone to ground too easily.

Tied 0-0 with Costa Rica in the 90th minute, Brazil scored two goals in added time to win 2-0 on the boots of Philippe Coutinho and Neymar.

The Selecao are one of the favourites to win the tournament but have work to do after being held to a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their opening match.

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"These players are trying to cheat and they are trying to gain an advantage for that, so why should they be allowed to play in the following game because other teams are obviously disadvantaged?" he said.

Marcelo's tame shot straight at Navas just before halftime was the first effort on target from either side, while Celso Borges spurned the best chance of the half for Costa Rica when he ran on to Gamboa's cut back but shot wide. Neymar has shown how important the World Cup is to him and, to his credit, he never gave up on Friday, even when the ball refused to go in.

"It kind of pulled a muscle - it tore some fibres, I think", he said in a post-match press conference.

"It's not normal to cry in the second game of a World Cup".

Costa Rica conceded again right at the death.

Brazil coach Tite has admitted Neymar could need five games under his belt to get back to his best.

Brazil coach Tite warned his country not to heap too much responsibility on Neymar's slight shoulders after the forward was often involved in discussions with the referee, frequently gesticulating and falling down when tackled.

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