Brazil, Costa Rica raise eyebrows by playing in away kits


The world's most expensive player was given a rough ride by the Swiss in a 1-1 draw on Sunday, suffering 10 fouls during the match, the most for any player in a single World Cup game for 20 years.

Costa Rica lost to Serbia after they conceded a goal from a free kick scored by Aleksander Kolarov. Despite the fact that the Brazilians possessed the ball 65% of game time, the target they struck only once (Costa Ricans generally never).

Hallgrimsson's men continued their remarkable fairytale exploits among worldwide football's elite in their opening match at the 2018 World Cup, holding Lionel Messi and Argentina to a 1-1 draw.

"The responsibility is huge when you are playing for the national team", Coutinho said.

Philippe Coutinho and Neymar bailed Brazil out with stoppage-time strikes against Costa Rica following another uninspiring display at the 2018 World Cup.

After more than 90 minutes of aggravation and exasperation, Brazil finally broke through Costa Rica's smothering defense.

"We have a series of players who have the experience to continue as captaincy".

And his players clearly respect him, with Coutinho and captain Thiago Silva speaking of how the team is learning to keep going right to the final whistle.

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Three matches are lined up for today.

Tite said last week that Neymar was yet to reach full fitness after undergoing surgery to fix a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot in March.

Brazil are otherwise unchanged as Tite announced their squad on Thursday with the news that Neymar is expected to start.

"It's possible I'm going to score another two goals", said Musa, 25, who scored Friday in the 49th minute on Victor Moses' cross and again in the 75th minute. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.

The forward was on had to score two excellent goals, the first a wonderful piece of control followed by a half volley and the second a composed finish at the end of a blistering run. "We don't want help, Brazil doesn't need help".

The five-time winners and the competition's most decorated nation were on course for their second successive draw in Russian Federation, with Neymar denied a second-half penalty upon VAR review and Gabriel Jesus hitting the crossbar.

"We knew Brazil's strengths and we wanted to minimise them and we managed to do so for almost 91 minutes", he added.