Brazil would eventually suffer the most embarrassing defeat in the nation's history without him, a 7-1 drubbing on home soil at the hands of Germany in the semi-finals.
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Neymar played the full match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium and saved his best until the 96th minute, adding a second goal after Philippe Coutinho had broken the deadlock five minutes earlier. Costa Rica's only World Cup victory against a team from South America was four years ago against Uruguay. Costa Rica performed well but fell agonisingly short against one of the tournament favourites. Gabriel Jesus started Brazil's opening group game but was substituted out by Roberto Firmino, who was the stronger player and almost scored a late victor from a header.
"This is a must-win game for Nigeria, and that makes it a little bit psychologically different - they have to win", Iceland coach Heimer Hallgrimsson said. "We're going to go at Brazil with everything we have and hope we can get a positive result".
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Brazil only managed a 1-1 tie against Switzerland in the country's first game of the 2018 tournament.
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It later turnout out that Kamui Kobayashi had simply forgotten to pit and was asked to conserve fuel to make it through the lap. These questions will be hanging over him when he returns to his F1 role with McLaren at next weekend's French Grand Prix.
What a day for Brazil and the team's star Neymar. They have to go for it today as a point does little for their cause really, and that means that we could be in for a high-scoring affair.