FPJ's dream XI predictions for Brazil vs Costa Rica

Lawrence Kim
June 23, 2018

Dramatic late strikes by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave Brazil their first win of the World Cup against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday (Jun 22).

In the 96th minute, the world's most expensive player, Neymar, netted his first goal of the 2018 World Cup and his side's second to secure a priceless result and ease pressure going into their final game.

A 15-year-old Pakistani boy conducted the coin-toss for the match between Brazil and Costa Rica on Friday at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation.

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

Brazil are not alone among the pre-tournament favourites in having a slow start in Russian Federation and Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz is hoping his side too can cause an upset to keep their chances of qualifying for the last 16 alive.

Alisson, Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Casemiro, Paulinho, Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus.

Brazil made a change at the break, bringing on Douglas Costa for Willian, and their bright start to the second period was nearly rewarded when Jesus crashed a header against the bar after 49 minutes.

A minute later, another chance came and went as the ball fell to Coutinho 15 yards out but his shot cannoned off a defender.

The goal transformed Brazil and Neymar got his first goal of the tournament in the dying seconds when he tapped home Douglas Costa's cutback.

Neymar had been denied a penalty after referee Bjorn Kuipers chose to reverse his initial decision following a consultation with the video assistant.

But Tite confirmed he will put his faith in the same XI that started against Switzerland in Saint Petersburg as Brazil look to kickstart their quest for a sixth World Cup. But the VAR came into play and after viewing replays, the decision was overturned and the spot kick taken away, with Neymar deemed to have over-exaggerated the contact on him. Costa Rica has been eliminated.

Serbia and Switzerland meet in the other Group E game later on Friday.

According to reports, Neymar told the whistleblower: "Don't touch me" several times and also swore at him.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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