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Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus had a goal disallowed for offside, while Costa Rica's best chance saw Celso Borges drag a shot wide following a cut-back.

How much an emotional victory proves to be a launch pad rather than a false dawn remains to be seen as the pre-tournament favourites made heavy work of a Costa Rica side that have now lost their past four games.

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. "Neymar is one of the best players in the world". Neymar has shown how important the World Cup is to him and, to his credit, he never gave up on Friday, even when the ball refused to go in.

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The Brazilians who were yet to record a win at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, played out a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their opening game, and were close to record another draw.

Neymar was redeemed with virtually the last kick of the game as he cushioned a volley into an empty net after a selfless cross from Costa, securing a victory which puts Brazil in a strong position to make the last 16. "I hope that, no matter if he plays or if I play, we can play well".

Brazil were frustrated by Los Ticos until second-half stoppage time, when Philippe Coutinho found the breakthrough and, with the pressure off, a free-wheeling Neymar added a second before the final whistle.

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One of the top misses of the encounter remains Neymar's glorious chance In the 71st minute which the PSG star failed to convert for the Selecao.

While Neymar's rehabilitation was fast-tracked in order for him to play a full part in Brazil's World Cup campaign, Jesus does not have similar guarantees over his starting position at centre forward.

However, Coutinho's finish banished the tension and frustration, and led to 57-year-old Tite tumbling onto the pitch during the celebrations among Brazil's squad and coaches. "Pass the ball, '" he said, confirming that he had pulled a muscle celebrating Philippe Coutinho's opening goal.

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If they didn't think it's a penalty, we have to deal with that. "Hopefully I am OK", he said after the game. I tried to run at a few corners and just couldn't move.

Neymar started despite limping out of training on Tuesday with a hurt ankle, which the Brazilian FA said was sustained as a result of snapping Swiss defenders.


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