Neymar scored in stoppage time to ice Brazil's win over Costa Rica. Then the tears came flowing.

By Charlotte Carroll
June 22, 2018

Neymar finally got his first 2018 World Cup goal by scoring in stoppage time against Costa Rica, following Philippe Coutinho's tally minutes earlier to to help Brazil win 2–0 over Costa Rica on Friday in their group stage clash.  

The goal came after Casemiro pushed forward and found Douglas Costa on the right side. The Juventus star crossed for Neymar, who beat Keylor Navas to close a second straight match in which he absorbed a lot of physical play. He also had a penalty call overturned after VAR showed he embellished contact from Giancarlo Gonzalez.

Following the final whistle, Neymar had an emotional reaction, crying on the field while on his knees. With the pressure to deliver for Brazil on the World Cup stage and after a largely frustrating 180 minutes, the moment clearly had a stronger significance. 

Brazil will finish its group run against Serbia on June 27, and it sits in prime position to advance to the knockout stage.

 

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