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Coutinho, Neymar Fire Brazil Past Stubborn Costa Rica

Coutinho, Neymar Fire Brazil Past Stubborn Costa Rica

Brazil ended a run of three World Cup games without a win by claiming a hard-fought 2-0 win against Costa Rica in their Group E clash in Saint Petersburg on Friday.

Philip Coutinho and Neymar got both goals for the South Americans in the closing stages of the game.

The Selecao dominated proceedings for the entire game while Costa Rica adopted a defensive approach.

Brazil had a goal disallowed in the 27th minute when Gabriel Jesus’ effort was ruled out for offside.

Tite’s men were awarded a penalty in the 74th minute when Neymar went down under a challenge by Jose Gonzalez but the centre referee reversed his decision after consulting VAR.

Barcelona midfielder Coutinho broke the deadlock on the dot of 90 minutes, blasting the ball home from inside the box for his second goal of the competition.

Neymar added more gloss to the win by scoring the second goal in added time.

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