Philippe Coutinho and Neymar bailed Brazil out with stoppage-time strikes against Costa Rica following another uninspiring display at the 2018 World Cup.
By SportBrief Reporter
Coach Tite’s team were heading for a second inglorious draw when Barcelona 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.
But Barcelona midfielder Coutinho came to Brazil’s rescue as he netted his second goal of the tournament in the 91st minute to rapturous applause from the relieved Brazil fans.
Neymar added gloss to the score-line with a further goal in the 96th minute to put the result beyond doubt. At the full-time whistle, the PSG forward was in tears, presumably with relief that Brazil had avoided a damaging result.
As it stands Brazil currently lead Group E and could go through with a draw in their final pool match against Serbia.