Brazil leave it late to see off Costa Rica

Neymar will be fit to face Costa Rica in Brazil's second Group E match

Brazil only managed a 1-1 tie against Switzerland in the country's first game of the 2018 tournament. With their final group game against the Serbs, Tite will be confident of getting all three points, although it looks unlikely that he will be able to call upon himself if needed.

As it stands Brazil now lead Group E and could go through with a draw in their final pool match against Serbia. He said: "Not everyone knows what I went through to get here".

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus plays up front, despite drawing a blank against Switzerland, while Philippe Coutinho will hope to build on his exceptional performance last time out, in which he scored a stunning goal.

Switzerland's equaliser was only the sixth goal Brazil conceded in 22 games under Tite, while Neymar struggled to perform at his best.

When the ball was squared to him by Douglas Costa deep into injury time for the PSG player to slot into an empty net, the relief was palpable.

Unlike Argentina and Lionel Messi, Brazil is still in a good position to advance to the round of 16. Both goals flew into the gate of Keilor Navas in injury time.

Beside Uruguay, no other South American team had won a match until Brazil did so on Friday.

Even when Navas was beaten, Neymar curled inches wide as he bore down on goal midway through the second half.

Brazil's coach Tite also commented on his players tears, suggesting they could be down to the huge pressure of leading the five-times world champions.

"Brazil sank Costa Rica when it hurt the most".

It came at the flawless time with Brazil set to face a tough Serbia squad and the confidence they gained with this win could help them get three more points against the European squad.

Though not so much those online - or the ref, after VAR reversed the initial penalty award.

Shaqiri's runs down the wings were a constant threat to Serbia's defense, and the Swiss midfield recovered after a shaky start to dominate the same way it did against Brazil in its tournament opener.

Neymar went to ground when tussling for the ball with Giancarlo Gonzalez, when the game was still goalless, with referee Bjorn Kuipers going back on his original decision after replays suggested the forward had tumbled too easily.

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