The Selecao are one of the favourites to win the tournament but have work to do after being held to a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their opening match. "That was what happened".
In only the second win for an African side in Russian Federation so far, Nigeria broke the deadlock in the 49th minute when Victor Moses, playing as a wing-back, lofted a pass towards Musa who deftly controlled the ball and smashed in the half volley. Gabriel Jesus clanked a header off the crossbar.
Jesus had the ball in the net after 26 minutes only to be denied by the offside flag, and a minute later Brazil could have broken through when Coutinho's pass freed Neymar, whose heavy first touch allowed keeper Keylor Navas to smother.
We'll get to that in a moment. He often wastes good attacking chances by choosing to take a tumble instead and, at a crucial stage during the second half, his behaviour had a contagious effect and his team mates became distracted by all the fuss he created. They have great players.
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Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury that forced him out of training on Tuesday and is expected to play, according to Marca's Juan Ignacio Garcia-Ochoa.
Then, just in the nick of time, Brazil did turn into some version of Brazil: not the fancy one but the one that almost always gets the results they need.
However, with the clock having ticked past 90 minutes, Coutinho and Neymar stepped forward to break Costa Rican hearts and spare Brazilian blushes, sending their side top of Group E ahead of the clash between Serbia and Switzerland. Clearly overjoyed with the performance of the team, Brazilian football coach Tite ended up skipping a step and falling on the ground while running towards the players.
- In all worldwide matches, Brazil are unbeaten in 13 games (W9 D4 L0), conceding just three goals in that run. I told him to get it all out, because he's been carrying a lot of weight", Thiago said, "It's not easy to go three months without playing, but people don't understand that. "It tore some fibres".
"When [Neymar] draws the foul he is in front of goal", Tite said.