Brazil scored two goals in stoppage time as they won 2-0 against Costa Rica in a tight World Cup Group E encounter on Friday. Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho scored from six metres in the 91st minute while Neymar scored a tap-in five minutes later to give Brazil all three points.
It had appeared as if Brazil, after a 1-1 with Switzerland in its opening game, was heading for another stalemate. Brazil attacked relentlessly in the second half and was awarded a penalty in the 78th minute when Neymar was impeded as he cut inside defender Giancarlo Gonzalez.
But referee Bjorn Kuipers went over to look at the sideline TV monitor, then reversed the decision.
After a much of frustration, Costa Ricans finally conceded twice in stoppage time and slumped to a second loss that ended their chances of advancing to the knockout stage.
Brazil, who were held 1-1 by Switzerland on Sunday, now have four points from two matches. After today’s loss, Costa Rica’s chances of advancing are over as they had suffered a 0-1 defeat in their campaign opener against Serbia.
Brazil will face Serbia in their third and last match while Costa Rica will take on Switzerland on June 27.