FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Costa Rica
It was almost a draw… but no, Brazil did not let this happen. They ended up the match with 2-0 – both goals in the additional time. The first goal was scored by Philippe Coutinho after 1 minute extended to the time and the second one was scored by Neymar in addition of 7 minutes to the time.
“We know the responsibility is huge,” said Philippe Coutinho, who scored Brazil’s first goal. “When you are playing with the national team, emotionally, the coach always highlights the fact that you have to be mentally strong from the beginning to the end. Even if you score in first or last minute, you still have 90 minutes to fight. That was what happened.”
In the second half, Brazil was with a new resolve and produced an early flourish, pressing Costa Rica deep in its end and getting to every loose ball as if the players were trying to avoid the flogging they were going to get back home if this match somehow didn’t go their own way.
The Brazilian fans would be happy to know that with four points from two games, Brazil put itself in prime position to advance from group play this time. Also, Philippe Coutinho is definitely the man of the match who did not let down his fan’s expectations from him !