Brazil secured the first win of the 2018 FIFA World Cup beating Costa Rica 2-0 after the late goal coming in from Coutinho and Neymar at Saint Petersburg Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Playing the second group match and after a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in the opener Brazil needed the win to stay alive in the contest. And looked the match have different fate after Neymar´s penalty appeal was overturned by VAR in the 79th minute.
Video Assistant Referee confirmed the no foul and no penalty as there was minimal contact between Gonzalez and Neymar inside the box.
Determined Costa Rica kept Brazil struggling for goal throughout; however, with the clock having ticked past 90 minutes, Coutinho gave a breather to Brazil when he slams the ball home on Gabriel Jesus cross.
Six minutes later in the final seconds of the match, Neymar taps the ball home from the six-yard area on Douglas Costa´s right-wing cross and sealed the deal for Brazil.
Brazil now has four points from two matches and Costa Rica ends their hope for the knock out round.
Full time: Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica
90+7: Goal! Neymar scores for Brazil
90+3: Substitution for Brazil, Gabriel Jesus OFF Fernandinho IN
90+1: Goal! Philippe Coutinho scores for Brazil
90: Six minutes added time
84: Yellow card J. Acosta
83: Substitution for Costa Rica, D. Guzmán OFF Y. Tejeda IN
81: Yellow card Philippe Coutinho
81: Yellow card Neymar
75: Substitution for Costa Rica, C. Gamboa OFF F. Calvo IN
68: Substitution for Brazil, Paulinho OFF Roberto Firmino IN
54: Substitution for Costa Rica, M. Urena OFF C. Bolanos IN
46: Substitution for Brazil, Willian OFF Douglas Costa IN
46: Second half kick-off
Half-time: Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica
45: One minute added.
1: First half kick off
Costa Rica subs: Ian Smith, Christian Bolanos, Daniel Colindres, Joel Campbell, Rodney Wallace, Randall Azofeifa, Francisco Calvo, Yeltsin Tejeda, Patrick Pemberton, Kendall Waston, Kenner Gutierrez, Leonel Moreira.
Costa Rica line-up: Keylor Navas; Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Johnny Acosta; Cristian Gamboa, Celso Borges, David Guzman, Bryan Ruiz; Bryan Ruiz, Marco Urena, Johan Venegas.
Brazil subs: Geromel, Filipe Luis, Douglas Costa, Renato Augusto, Marquinhos, Cassio, Fernandinho, Fred, Roberto Firmino, Taison, Ederson.
Brazil line-up: Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.