By Steve Dellar  |  06-22-2018   World Cup
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Though the situation was never in as much doubt as that of the other South American great Argentina (see our related coverage), Brazil had to wait till the 90th minute this afternoon in Russia’s Krestovsky Stadium before it could edge out a first win at this world cup against Costa Rica.

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In the 6 minutes of additional time, the Brazilians, led by superstar Neymar Jr, won in the end comfortably 2-0 against Costa Rica.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brazil defeat Costa Rica! 🇧🇷<br><br>Costa Rica are eliminated from the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldCup</a>. <a href="https://t.co/5XLRAAv4by">pic.twitter.com/5XLRAAv4by</a></p>&mdash; NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCSportsSoccer/status/1010159194455060480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Brazil, a heavy favorite for the tournament, had gotten some criticism after it failed to win it’s opening game. Switzerland last weekend which held the Selecao to a 1-1 draw.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ederson pushing down Brazil Manager Tite in their goal celebration against Costa Rica is the best thing you will see today 😂😂😂<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bra?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#bra</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/worldcup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#worldcup</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BRAxCRC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BRAxCRC</a> <a href="https://t.co/Hjz82tlxyP">pic.twitter.com/Hjz82tlxyP</a></p>&mdash; Dangerous Attack Bet (@dangerousattack) <a href="https://twitter.com/dangerousattack/status/1010159951170408450?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Though the Swiss are ranked much higher than one might think on the Fifa list, the Brazilian team featuring stars like Coutinho, Marcelo and especially Neymar had been expected to bring some samba football as from the start, which it failed to do.

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As Argentina’s Messi received a drubbing last night getting handed a 3-0 defeat by Croatia, the pressure on Brazil to be one of the South American teams to stand up in this World Cup had only grown.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">FT <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BRA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BRA</a> 2-0 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CRC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CRC</a> <br><br>Late goals from Coutinho and Neymar spare Brazil&#39;s blushes - Costa Rica are out of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldCup</a> <br><br>📻 <a href="https://twitter.com/5liveSport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@5liveSport</a> <br>📱 <a href="https://t.co/AnVTt3eeHi">https://t.co/AnVTt3eeHi</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bbcworldcup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#bbcworldcup</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BRACRC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BRACRC</a> <a href="https://t.co/wINkrfnaBD">pic.twitter.com/wINkrfnaBD</a></p>&mdash; BBC Sport (@BBCSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1010159388819099649?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Neymar broke out into tears at the final whistle, confirming the heavy pressure his 200 million countrymen are putting him under as they expect nothing less than a World Cup trophy from the 26-year-old superstar.

Source:

https://www.sport24.co.za/soccer/livescoring?mid=70694733&st=football

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