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SAINT PETERSBURG Russia (Xinhua) -- Neymar [center] of Brazil breaks through with the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 22, 2018. XINHUA PHOTO - CAO CAN

Brazil President Michel Temer congratulates national
soccer team for first brilliant victory in World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil (Xinhua) -- Brazil’s President Michel Temer congratulated on Friday the national soccer team for their victory against Costa Rica in the second group match in Russia World Cup.

Brazil won by 2-0 in a dramatic match which was only decided in the final minutes.

It was the team’s first victory in the tournament.

In the first group match, Brazil tied with Switzerland 1-1. Brazil will face Serbia on Wednesday.

The President praised the stamina and determination of the players through his Twitter account.

"Congratulations to the team for their stamina and determination!

"Forward to the sixth championship," he said on Twitter.

The official account of the Brazilian government on Twitter also published a message calling for all Brazilians to cheer for the national team.

Since the defeat by 7-1 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup, considered a global embarrassment, the team has not gained back the support of a significant share of fans.

Nevertheless, there were huge gatherings of fans to watch the game earlier on Friday.


Brazil coach Tite: The team is growing and we don’t need a referee to win

SAINT PETERSBURG Russia (Xinhua) -- We don’t need help and we want the match to be fair, said Tite, coach of Brazil here on Friday after the team beat Costa Rica 2-0.

He gave the remarks after being asked about the overturned penalty.

In the 79th minute, when Neymar fell after what seemed to be a foul from Giancario Gonzalez.

A penalty was expected.

However, a check by VAR later overturned the penalty.

"I watched the play. It could work and it could not work," he said at the press conference after the match.

"We respect the decision.

"We don’t need a referee to win.

"You can interpret it as you like, but we don’t need help.

"Brazil don’t need help."

The match against Costa Rica was full of tension at Saint Petersburg Stadium, in which two goals at the stoppage time brought Brazil their first victory at this World Cup.

The victory also lifted the five-time champion to top of Group E.

"The first half was difficult.

"But in the second half, we couldn’t have done any more," said the coach.

"If we have suffered in these first two games, it is simply because this is a World Cup.

"The margin for error at these tournaments is very slim.

"If you look at the games yesterday, and the favourites so far, they are either losing or they are finding it tough and maybe winning 1-0.

"Today, we played to win and got the right outcome."

Philippe Coutinho seized his chance after an unmarked substitute Roberto Firmino sent the ball into the box.

Gabriel Jesus tried to control it but the Barcelona midfielder Coutinho powered it home.

Eight minutes later Neymar, receiving from Douglas Costa at the left, prodded the ball into the net from close range to put a seal on the match.

Following the whistle that ended the match, he sank to his knees in tears.

"It was a tough game as we expected," said Coutinho, who was man of the match.

"But we were aiming for a victory from the first minute. We had patience to play and were rewarded with two goals."

Talking about their opponent, he said, "Costa Rica is a team with very high quality.

"They are good in their defense and the midfield.

"They were controlling the game."

"The most important thing is not giving up until the last minute, which is something the professor (Tite) always highlights: to be mentally strong from beginning till the end.

Even if you score in the first or last minute, you still have 90 minutes to fight."

While talking about Neymar, he said "his joy is contagious".

"His injury made it difficult for him but everybody is happy to see him back."

The Paris Saint-Germain forward is recovering from surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot.

When asked about Neymar’s catharsis, Tite said "with his responsibility, joy, pressure, courage to show it, I respect individual characteristic."

The 57-year-old former footballer said that Neymar needed time to recover.

"He played the full match," he said.

"You cannot put all responsibility on the shoulder of one player."

In a team, he noted, responsibility is diluted and all members should find out the pace for the team together.

"The leadership is Coutinho and Neymar, positioning is Renato Augusto and creativity has to be Marcelo," Tite said.

"The team is consolidating and growing.

"Sometimes they build their own spirit.

"My job is to foster growth of the team," he said.

With four points from two games in hand, Brazil, now top of Group E, is quite hopeful to the knockout stage.

They will play their last group match on next Wednesday, against Serbia.

"Now we will go for the same against Serbia, looking for a good performance and always for the win," Tite said.

Neymar: ‘Not everyone knows what I went through to get here’

SAINT PETERSBURG Russia (Xinhua) -- Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho expressed relief after his team struck two late goals to beat Costa Rica 2-0 in their World Cup Group E match here on Friday.

Despite dominating the match, Brazil did not breach Costa Rica’s defence until Coutinho toe-poked home in the 91st minute at Saint Petersburg Stadium.

Neymar made it 2-0 in the 97th minute with a close-range volley after Douglas Costa’s assist from the right.

"It was very emotional," Coutinho told Brazil’s TV Globo.

"The game was very difficult.

"We were looking to shoot from outside the area.

"In the end we were rewarded for our performance as a group.

"Everybody ran and gave their all.

"We deserved the win."

The result left Brazil with four points from their first two matches after Coutinho also scored in a 1-1 draw against Switzerland last Sunday.

The five-time world champions still need to win their final group match against Serbia to progress to the knockout stage without relying on other results.

"We were calm under pressure, then when the opportunity came we were able score," Brazil defender Miranda said.

"We have to take it match by match and we’ll be trying to win the next game."

Coutinho: Brazil win against Costa Rica ‘deserved’

SAINT PETERSBURG Russia (Xinhua) -- Neymar has hit back at critics after breaking down in tears following Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in their World Cup Group E match here on Friday.

Costa Rica defended resolutely until Philippe Coutinho broke the deadlock in the 91st minute.

Neymar sealed the result by volleying in after Douglas Costa’s cross in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

"Not everyone knows what I went through to get here," Neymar said in an Instagram post after the match.

"Even parrots can talk.

"But to actually do - only few can."

In the moments after the final whistle, Neymar knelt alone on the Saint Petersburg Stadium pitch and wept before being consoled by teammates.

The 26-year-old’s public show of emotion drew immediate criticism from O Globo, Brazil’s largest newspaper, which ran an editorial opining that "it is not normal" to cry after the team’s second match of the tournament.

Neymar explained that he was overwhelmed with joy after encountering "difficulties" to make it to the World Cup.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward is likely to have been referring to a broken bone in his right foot that sidelined him for three months in the lead up to the tournament.

"My tears were of joy, of overcoming [difficulties], of struggle and of will to win," Neymar’s post continued.

"In my life things have never been easy and now will be no different.

"The dream continues, not a dream an OBJECTIVE.

"Congratulations to all the lads.

"You are awesome!"

Costa Rican fans and mediadisappointed after Brazil defeat

SAN JOSE Costa Rica (Xinhua) -- Costa Rican fans and media were bitter after their team was eliminated from the 2018 Russia World Cup, after losing 2-0 to Brazil.

Costa Rica played an almost perfect defensive game, holding off the Brazilians until the 90th minute, when Coutinho scored to shatter their hopes, before Neymar made it 2-0 deep into extra time.

Despite the game falling on a work day, Costa Ricans fans had high hopes for the game.

From 6 a.m., many restaurants were packed out with people coming to watch the match before starting work.

"Brazil sank Costa Rica when it hurt the most. Goodbye to the World Cup!" read the headline of La Nacion, a daily newspaper.

It explained how the second defeat in a row left the country with no chance of making the second round, even if it beats Switzerland in its last game.

The Semanario Universidad newspaper wrote "The Sele (selection) bids goodbye to Russia in the most cruel banner", while also praising Costa Rica’s defensive masterclass against Brazil.

"Now, the game against the Swiss team will only be for honor before we withdraw with dignity, as we have zero points from two games, no goal scored and three received," it said.

Finally, the Diario Extra wrote a column named "Costa Rica bids farewell to the World Cup", while praising the presence of Brazilian ace Neymar, who had a penalty cancelled after it was checked on the VAR system.

"It was difficult, it was a great match.

"Who could say we didn’t give it our all?

"It hurts to lose but that is football.

"I leave with my head held high.

"We all lost but we leave united," goalkeeper Keylor Navas told the daily.

Fan Alberto Gomez told Xinhua that "it was a good game with Brazil, but it cannot be that this team has so little to offer in attack.

"I think we need to change the coach and prepare new players for the next World Cup."

Costa Rica’s last match against Switzerland on June 27.

Injury-time goals bring Brazil first Russia World Cup victory

SAINT PETERSBURG Russia (Xinhua) -- In the game against Costa Rica which was full of tension at Saint Petersburg Stadium here on Friday, two goals at the injury time brought Brazil their first victory at this World Cup.

Brazil had several good chances, while Philippe Coutinho seized his last at the injury time after an unmarked substitute Roberto Firmino sent the ball into the box.

Gabriel Jesus tried to control it but the Barcelona midfielder Coutinho powered it home.

The goal has clearly revived the pitch, after tempo of the game upon full-time stroke was slowed down with falling and ruling.

Eight minutes later Neymar, receiving from Douglas Costa at the left, prodded the ball into the net from close range to seal the match.

Following the whistle that ended the match, he sank to his knees in tears.

The victory lifted Brazil to top of the group.

Brazil, five-time champion of World Cup, disappointed on their World Cup opener as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Rostov-On-Don on Sunday night.

Both sides are keen to score. Brazil, already unbeaten in their recent 12 matches, looked for their first victory at the World Cup so as to reach the last 16.

While Costa Rica, who trailed 9-1 in the previous record against their opponents and haven’t won over the former since 1960, were likely to be out in case of another defeat.

The first chance for Costa Rica came in the 13th minute, when Celtic defender Cristian Gamboa blazed down the right and curled the ball to Celso Borges, who struck the ball wide of the right post.

Brazil gradually grew into the game, with Gabriel Jesus slammed the ball into the net, but he was clearly offside.

Then Phillippe Coutinho clipped an overhead pass, and Neymar bore the ball to charge down to the box. But the Paris Saint-Germain forward was blocked by goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Later Marcelo fired from the distance.

It was a shot on target. Luckily Keylor Navas managed to hold the ball.

The second half was proved intense, as Brazil appeared more aggressive from the beginning, with mounting threats in Costa Rica’s half. But it was difficult to translate the attack into scores.

Neymar, receiving from Philippe, almost scored before he took out Keylor Navas amid scramble.

Then on the hour mark, his strike was palmed again by the Real Madrid goalkeeper.

Something dramatic happened in the 79th minute, when Neymar fell after what seemed to be a foul from Giancario Gonzalez. A penalty was expected.

In front of nearly 64,500 spectators, however, VAR was checked and the penalty was not given.

With four points in two games, Brazil now top Group E. Costa Rica, on the other hand, are in a grim situation after two defeats.

Brazil will play their last group match next Wednesday, against Serbia, while Costa Rica will face Switzerland at the same time.



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