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Philippe Coutinho snatched Brazil victory, FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018

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Coutinho snatched a victory for Brazil in 91st minute

Phlippe Coutinho must have learn something from his time at Liverpool from Steven Gerrard. Former Liverpool captain has the most goal to his name in 90th minute at club level, and Coutinho just tried to emulate his feat for Brazil national team. When going get tough against the determined Costa Rican defence, Coutinho snatched a victory for Brazil in 91st minute.

Brazil forced to suffer at Saint Petersburg Stadium against Costa Rica. Selecao has 20 shots in 90 minutes, but none turned up into goal. and, there were two in injury-time and both were scored.

Coutinho scored in 91st minute sensing an opportunity from a loose ball running from midfield. Marcelo crossed the ball to right for Douglas Costa who feed Gabrial Jesus, but Brazil no.9 struggled to keep it to his feet and on rushing Coutinho pounced on the ball to hand Brazil victory in injury-time.

Then, Neymar goes on to scoresheet in last seconds of the game with an assist from Costa. Where it seems another South American team on successive day will suffer an unfavourable result, Brazil really turned up the game in their favour. Last night Argentina suffered a 3-0 humiliation against Croatia.

Brazil’s earlier chances include Jesus netting the ball into net, but it was ruled offside in 26th minute. Neymar had his chances to win the game early as well, but Brazilian no.10 wasn’t up to his mark with his shots today. Then, he tried to win a penalty with a tuck on his shirt from Giancarlo Gonzalez and referee awarded initially before taking VAR assistance. After referring to video replay, he ruled out the penalty being Neymar too soft to go on the ground.

The script was already written. It was Coutinho who was destined to shine again for Brazil and Barcelona midfielder really win the game for them when they were on edge. Coutinho was also on the scoresheet with his long range stunner against Switzerland which earned Brazil 1-1 draw in their opening game.

Now, Brazil leads the Group E with four points. However, Serbia and Switzerland both will relish their chances to go on top against each other later tonight.


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