Coutinho, Neymar strike late to guide Brazil past Costa Rica

Gabriel Jesus to retain Brazil place ahead of Roberto Firmino against Costa Rica

And while Brazilians at live screenings of the game around the country erupted in joy at the win, there was withering criticism of Neymar for his apparently over-theatrical fall in front of the Costa Rican goal - leading to a penalty being overturned on VAR analysis.

The Selecao need their talisman at his best after drawing 1-1 with Switzerland in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener, and the Mirror's Alex Richards reported on his withdrawal, which comes after Neymar only recently recovered from a broken foot.

Roberto Firmino made an impact as a second-half substitute to help Brazil to a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg on Friday. Brazil had 23 shots, nine of which were on goal, but Keylor Navas was sensational in goal and looked to have done enough to secure a draw. "We saw Switzerland were able to take a point from Brazil".

Brazil fans attending the game are adamant the change in style will be to their benefit after seeing on of the pre-tournament favorites to lift the trophy in Russian Federation stutter in their Group E opener.

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Lionel Messi's Argentina will be closely watching the 4pm kick-off between Nigeria and Iceland. While Ureña acknowledged Brazil won't be easy, he was confident his team could reprise the magic from four years ago.

Serbia play Switzerland later today.

As for Nigeria, a draw could do it for them, while a win locks them into the knockout stage.

Coverage begins at 7 am ET on Thursday with Brazil and Costa Rica at Saint Petersnurg Stadium.

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