Coutinho and Neymar late show rescues Brazil against Costa Rica
Brazil survived a real scare as stoppage-time goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar earned the five-time champions a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg.
Tite’s Selecao looked to be enduring another day of frustration as Los Ticos’ rearguard kept them at bay, before the VAR system overturned a penalty decision given in Neymar’s favour following a tussle with Giancarlo Gonzalez 11 minutes from time.
Costa Rica had thought they had escaped to earn a famous draw but were undone by two goals at the death.
The result sees Brazil move to the top of Group E on four points ahead of Serbia’s clash with Switzerland later this evening.
Tite and Co will now turn their attention to Wednesday’s final group clash with Serbia in Moscow while Costa Rica sign off against Switzerland in Nizhny Novgorod.