Blind Brazilian fan's video celebrating Philippe Coutinho's goal is magical, watch video

Sherman Parsons
June 26, 2018

Brazil coach Tite revealed he hurt himself celebrating Philippe Coutinho's late strike against Costa Rica as the five-time champions won their first game at the 2018 World Cup.

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Neymar dropped to his knees after the final whistle, sobbing in his hands as his teammates surrounded him and then lifted him off the ground.

"His joy of being back on the pitch is contagious".

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot before heeding the protests of the Costa Rican players and consulting the video assistant referee (VAR).

Fears surrounded the Brazil camp when Neymar left training in the run-up to the Costa Rica game.

Brazil gradually grew into the game, with Gabriel Jesus slammed the ball into the net, but he was clearly offside.

"His individuality shows up if the whole group is playing well - we can't put all the responsibility on the shoulders of one player", the Brazil coach said. "We each show it in our own way".

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Neymar seemed panicked for most of the second half as his shots sailed over the bar or simply missed the mark, and he complained over almost every call.

Thankfully for him, his time did come when Costa presented Neymar with an open goal deep into stoppage time.

Marcelo's tame shot straight at Navas just before halftime was the first effort on target from either side, while Celso Borges spurned the best chance of the half for Costa Rica when he ran on to Gamboa's cut back but shot wide.

"We closed them very well".

The World Cup favourites were on course for a second consecutive draw in Group E before a dramatic period of stoppage time in St Petersburg. He also gave Argentina a gift.

Serbia are in third place with three points with only two teams qualifying for the knockout stage.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino presents an attractive alternative in the number nine position for the final round-robin match against Serbia. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16.

Brazil named Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva as captain for the match in a continuation of their long-standing policy of rotating the team leadership.

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