Neymar needs more time - Brazil coach

Elena Summers
June 23, 2018

The relief of sealing Brazil's first win in Russian Federation was all too visible as Neymar broke down in tears moments after tapping home Douglas Costa's cross for a 2-0 victory.

Philippe Coutinho finally broke a dogged Costa Rica´s resistance in the 91st minute before Neymar added a second in the 96th to propel the five-time champions towards the World Cup last 16.

However, the 26-year-old showed why he is a three-time Champions League victor with a string of stunning saves to deny Neymar and Coutinho.

"Even parrots can talk, but walking the walk ... not everyone does it".

I returned the ball because it was not this ball that was going to win us the game. In my life things have never been easy, would not be now right!

"The dream continues, not the dream. the MISSION! Congratulations for the performance, guys". With a match still to be played between Serbia and Switzerland, it is unknown just yet what position Brazil will be playing for. A penalty originally awarded by the referee was rescinded after Kuipers watched a replay of Neymar's clash with Giancarlo Gonzalez 15 minutes from time.

It almost worked. Kuipers scolded Neymar to stop yapping at him about uncalled fouls, then delivered a yellow card when Neymar slammed the ball with his hand after yet another didn't go his way.

BBC pundit Chris Sutton was critical of Neymar, saying something needed to be done to end the culture of diving in football.

Kuipers handled the game well in spite of the constant protestations, though, and his response to complaints from Neymar have since gone viral on social media.

Neymar arched back as if losing his balance before falling to the ground.

Cameras then captured the exchange between the Brazilian star and the official.

Teammate Marcelo had to drag him away after he confronted the referee in the tunnel at halftime.

This is the third meeting between Brazil and Costa Rica at the World Cup, with the former inflicting Costa Rica's first ever defeat on them at the tournament in 1990 (1-0), before a 5-2 victory in 2002.

Brazil now need a draw in their final game against Serbia to ensure their passage through to the knockout stages. However, there is some concern in Brazil that Neymar's tears are a sign he may struggle to handle the pressure against tougher opposition as the tournament progresses.

With question marks swirling around his condition, Neymar was on the pitch Friday sporting a new haircut and looking ready to go as Brazil searched for redemption in their second group match.

Neymar started despite limping out of training on Tuesday with a hurt ankle, which the Brazilian FA said was sustained as a result of snapping Swiss defenders.

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