Late Coutinho goal rescues Brazil against Costa Rica
MVP against Switzerland, the Barça star gets his team out of a hole with a 90th minute strike against Costa Rica in St Petersburg
Just in the nick of time! Philippe Coutinho has scored two goals in two games for Brazil at this World Cup, and the second, against Costa Rica on Friday, saved the canarinha from a 0-0 draw that would have left them a must-win situation going into the final group game against Serbia.
Despite dominating, the five-time world champions couldn’t find a way past the ultra-defensive ticos in Saint Petersburg, and most particularly their inspired goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
But just as the game was going into injury time, Coutinho finally cracked it, and Neymar Jr added a second with the final kick of the game.
Brazil still aren’t assured a place in the last sixteen, but those two late goals have moved them a lot closer to their target. They currently lead the group, but Serbia and Switzerland meet later today.
Paulinho also started the match, and performed solidly before being replaced by Roberto Firmino after 67 minutes.