Brazil kept their hope alive with two brilliant goals in the injury time as they recorded their first win in the FIFA World Cup beating Costa Rica by 2-0 goals in their second ground E match held on Friday at St Petersburg in Russia, Agencies report.
Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez could task two of his players with man-marking Brazil playmaker Neymar when the teams clash in St Petersburg on Friday, but said his side would not try to foul the forward out of the game.
Costa Rica go into the match bottom of Group E after losing their first game 1-0 against Serbia, while Brazil drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their opening match.
Neymar was sidelined for three months after sustaining a fractured right foot and sprained ankle in a French league match in late February and was fouled 10 times in the opener against Switzerland.
The 26-year-old’s last World Cup ended prematurely after he took a knee in the back and fractured a vertebra in the quarter-final with Colombia at the tournament in Brazil.
“Neymar is a very skilled player and it’s true that people have tried to stop him a little aggressively,” Ramirez told reporters on the eve of the match. “We have our own strategy and we will see what happens.
“Maybe we will cover him by two men. But of course we don’t want to see any sort of offences against him or any unfair attacks against him. The players know what to do.”