Firmino helps Brazil to late win over Costa Rica

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Firmino helps Brazil to late win over Costa Rica

The Paris Saint-Germain forward took to social media in the aftermath of the Group E victory to explain why he put his head in his hands and cried after scoring Brazil's second goal in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time to wrap up his side's first victory of Russian Federation 2018.

"The joy, the satisfaction, and the pride of representing the Brazilian national team is a lot", Tite told reporters.

"He was three and a half months out [with a foot injury] and he played the full match".

"In my life things have never been easy, why would they be now?"

Fans from Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil, said that the new cut signaled a new start to the World Cup for the team. "It is clear, it is not open to interpretation, the touch robs him of the possibility of him finishing".

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers had earlier pointed to the spot when the PSG forward went down under the challenge of Giancarlo Gonzalez but a VAR review saw the decision overturned. They should be fair for everyone.

Coutinho said Brazil "deserved the win", after the Selecao were held to a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their opening match.

Superstar Neymar added a second a few minutes later.

But a little later - moments before his goal sealed the victory - we saw the very best of Neymar's game; the reason why he is adored so much.

After drawing their first game, Brazil needed a victory to safeguard their passage through to the last-16 and Philippe Coutinho grabbed a crucial opener in the 91st minute to put his side ahead.

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