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Coutinho and Neymar secure late win for Brazil


Coutinho and Neymar secure late win for Brazil

Dramatic late strikes by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave Brazil their first win of the World Cup against Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg on Friday (Jun 22) and broke Central American hearts by sending them out of the tournament.

Philippe Coutinho and Neymar bailed Brazil out with stoppage-time strikes against Costa Rica following another uninspiring display at the 2018 World Cup. Coach Tite's team were heading for a second inglorious draw when midfielder Coutinho popped up to poke home from Roberto Firmino's nod down.

And with seconds remaining Neymar, the world's most expensive player, tapped in Douglas Costa's cross to secure Brazil's first win of the tournament.

Their hopes of victory looked to have been dashed when they had a penalty decision overturned by VAR in the 78th minute after referee Bjorn Kuipers had initially ruled Neymar had been brought down in the area.

As it stands Brazil currently lead Group E and could go through with a draw in their final pool match against Serbia.

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