Thiago Silva reassures Neymar after tearful Brazil win

Carla Harmon
June 23, 2018

Tied 0-0 with Costa Rica in the 90th minute, Brazil scored two goals in added time to win 2-0 on the boots of Philippe Coutinho and Neymar.

It took until virtually the last kick after 96 minutes of frustration, but Neymar and Brazil have lift-off at the World Cup.

It looked for a long time as though Navas would keep Brazil at bay as he kept out Real Madrid teammate Marcelo and Coutinho before the break, and there were better saves to come in the second period.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar completed the full 90 minutes in Brazil's 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their Group E opener, but limped out of training during the week with an ankle injury.

With a match still to be played between Serbia and Switzerland, it is unknown just yet what position Brazil will be playing for.

And in a second half filled with Brazil pressing to score, there were a few times where he seemed to get knocked down, including this moment in which Neymar was pulled down.

After Neymar's jinking run, the ball dropped to Coutinho and he shot towards the target.

Thankfully for him, his time did come when Costa presented Neymar with an open goal deep into stoppage time.

A Neymar corner was headed straight at Navas by Silva, and then Neymar won the ball back inside the Costa Rica half and raced to the edge of the area but whipped the shot wide.

However, there is some concern in Brazil that Neymar's tears are a sign he may struggle to handle the pressure against tougher opposition as the tournament progresses. He also ignored a Brazilian claim for a penalty after midfielder Paulinho bounced off defender Oscar Duarte contesting a high ball. Once again, he just waved them away. "Brazil doesn't need any help".

Ahmed Raza, who hails from Sialkot, is the son of Shabbir Ahmed, a football-maker whose family has been hand-stitching footballs for the FIFA World Cup for three generations.

Costa Rica lost their first match against Serbia, ending a five-game unbeaten run at the World Cup finals - they haven't lost back to back World Cup games since June 2006, when they lost four in a row.

Neymar is third on Brazil's all-time scorers' list, behind Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62).

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