Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Brazil vs Costa Rica: Neymar needs more time - Tite

Brazil vs Costa Rica: Neymar needs more time - Tite

Asked whether he thought the change of haircut would work in the team's favor, Carles replied: "Yes yes, we hope so. today is the match for Brazil".

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Brazil boss Tite said: "He had a knock, but I think it was the first time in three-and-a-half months he played 90 minutes".

"I kind of pulled a muscle, tore some fibers", Tite said with a smile after Brazil's 2-0 win on Friday.

"In my life things have never been easy, [it] would not be right now!"

Celso Borges should have done better when he dragged an effort wide of the target from a Cristian Gamboa cutback after 13 minutes and, for all of their time on the ball, Brazil found it hard to find a way through the Costa Rica defence.

Brazil were camped in the Costa Rica half, but Thiago Silva had to be alert at the other end when Ruiz threaded a unsafe ball towards Marco Urena.

It looked for a long time as though Navas would keep Brazil at bay as he kept out Real Madrid teammate Marcelo and Coutinho before the break, and there were better saves to come in the second period.

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I would rather come here, attack it and score goals. "It's a massive boost, a massive bonus, we kept going". Kane, speaking to reporters as quoted by FourFourTwo , revealed what the Argentine had texted him post-game.

Tite again stressed the Paris St Germain forward was still getting back up to speed following his lengthy spell out injured.

Neymar curled around the right-hand post from 18 yards after the defence opened up for him in the 72nd minute, before the officials arrived at the correct decision via VAR to deny him a penalty.

Neymar and company could see themselves end the day in second place in the group if Serbia beats Switzerland later, but for now, Brazil moves into first and greatly boosts its chances of moving on to the knockout stage.

Brazil vs Costa Rica Group E match kicked off at 5 pm Pakistan time.

A Neymar corner was headed straight at Navas by Silva, and then Neymar won the ball back inside the Costa Rica half and raced to the edge of the area but whipped the shot wide.

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.

The goal prompted wild celebrations on the Brazil bench, with Tite even tripping over as he ran onto the field.

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