Neymar: Not everyone knows what I went through

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They face Costa Rica in St Petersburg needing a win after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their opening game.

Philippe Coutinho - the game's outstanding player - pounced on hold-up play from Jesus to break the deadlock in the 91st minute, with Neymar making sure of the points from Douglas Costa's cross.

Navas - a growing thorn in Brazil's side - pulled off even greater heroics to deny Neymar with a fingertip save soon after, while another Coutinho strike was directed straight at the goalkeeper. Tite said he was proud of his captain for having the courage to show publicly "the joy, satisfaction and pride in representing Brazil". "We were a bit over-excited".

It was only Neymar's fourth game since returning from three and a half months out with a fractured metatarsal at the end of last season.

"He is resuming a process", Tite said. The match will be played at Saint Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg city. He is a human being, he needs some time to resume his high standard.

"Costa Rica is a team with a lot of quality, strong in defence and midfield, and the most important thing for us was not giving up until the last minute".

The result on Saturday (NZ time) leaves the five-times world champions with four points from two games after they drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their opening match.

Yesterday's Croatia tactic of swarming Lionel Messi will likely translate to Costa Rica vs Neymar.

Costa Rica boss Ramirez has also had to play down claims there are divisions in his squad.

Carles, from Sao Paolo, told RT Sport: "I think the old one is not good, but he has a new one for today".

After a goalless first, Brazil stormed out in the second putting enormous pressure on Costa Rica's stout defense.

There was more drama to come.

Neymar had a running battle with the referee for most of the match. Kuipers initially pointed to the spot but, after reviewing the video replay, changed his mind.

He capitalised on a header from Roberto Firmino which was miscontrolled by Gabriel Jesus, to beat Keylor Navas from close-range shot. Six yards out, he side-footed home.

Broken, Costa Rica conceded again right at the death.

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