Brazil, Costa Rica raise eyebrows by playing in away kits

Brazil's Neymar scores his side's second goal against Costa Rica in the FIFA World Cup at Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia on Friday. "Genuine or not, Neymar's crying is worrying". These tears are from happiness, overcoming obstacles, I guess, from grit and will to win.

Twitter user @Turkish_Futbol1 pointed out the similarities between Neymar's fall, which involved him holding his arms out, and the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil.

Bundchen posted an equally passionate video after Neymar buried an insurance goal in the 97th minute to secure the Seleção's first win of the tournament.

Brazil's previous two World Cup coaches, Dunga and Luiz Felipe Scolari, had a tendency to lead and encourage protests against referees but the current incumbent Tite is a much calmer presence and it is surprising he has not tried to curb Neymar's excesses.

"It's the same team that is going to start that stated against Switzerland", said Tite.


"He is a human being - he needs some time to resume his high standard".

Minutes before the yellow card, Neymar thought he won a penalty when he fell over backwards theatrically after a slight touch from Giancarlo Gonzalez. However, they lacked poise in front of goal and Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas was in fine form.

Next up in Group E for the Ticos: Brazil, a pre-tournament favorite, but a team that also struggled in their opening game, managing just a draw against Switzerland.

It's Brazil who take centre stage today as they open up proceedings at 13:00 and Paul Robinson believes that they will fare better than their South American rivals did last night.

'Not everyone knows what I've been through to get here, everyone can talk about it, but not everyone can do it!

  • Steve Townsend