Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Brazil Coach Tite Takes Dramatic Tumble While Celebrating Philippe Coutinho's Goal Again

Brazil Coach Tite Takes Dramatic Tumble While Celebrating Philippe Coutinho's Goal Again

Neymar is one of the best players in the world, and that status has made him a target for opposing defences.

"I kind of pulled a muscle, tore some fibers", Tite said with a smile after Brazil's 2-0 win on Friday.

This was just his fourth appearance since breaking a bone in his foot against Marseille in February and only the second time he has completed the full 90 minutes.

But back home, there was a special pair of Brazil fans who celebrated Coutinho's opener like no other.

With their first win of the tournament, Brazil now have four points from two matches they have played, and are nearly certain to qualify into the next round.

Neymar added the second with practically the last kick of the game, racing on to Douglas Costa's square ball after a quick counter attack as Costa Rica were forced to push for the equaliser.

Group E: Brazil vs Costa Rica, 1730 IST, Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg. While the initial reactions were focussed on the victory, later many people also highlighted the goal scored by Neymar and his emotional outburst on the field. But I think I was right, because they were trying to save time.

The Costa Rica coach rejected the criticism that he had been too cautious with his tactics. "I hope that, no matter if he plays or if I play, we can play well".

Brazil got their first win of the World Cup with two late goals against Costa Rica on Friday, but the victory didn't come without cost.

Both Firmino and Costa had come on as substitutes in the second half. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.

It came at the ideal time with Brazil set to face a tough Serbia squad and the confidence they gained with this win could help them get three more points against the European squad.

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

That was an apt reflection of how tense the match had been, with Costa Rica's flat-back five keeping Neymar on the periphery, as Johan Venegas and Cristian Gamboa man-marked him out of the game. Up next will be Serbia on Wednesday.

Switzerland took a huge step towards the last 16 of the World Cup as Xherdan Shaqiri scored a brilliant solo 90th-minute victor against Serbia.

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