Brazil looked headed for another draw in the World Cup group stage until its biggest stars came alive late. Tied 0-0 with Costa Rica in the 90th minute, Brazil scored two goals in added time to win 2-0 on the boots of Philippe Coutinho and Neymar. Coutinho got the winner in the 91st minute, and Neymar got his goal later in stoppage time as the South Americans move to four points in Group F and have a little breathing room with one match to play. It felt like it would be a similar result to the opening draw against Switzerland where the ball just didn't want to go in for the Brazilians as Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas did a fine job of keeping them at bay for 90 minutes, but the six added minutes proved to be too much to handle.
Here's the goal from Coutinho, which came off a fine header from Roberto Firmino
It was the end of June in Porto Alegre, when Lionel Messi bagged a brace in Argentina’s group match win at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. La Albiceleste won 3-2 against Nigeria, who still made it through to the Round of 16 despite that defeat. And both of the Super Eagles’ goals that day came from an attacker by the name of Ahmed Musa.
And now four years on, Musa and Messi will meet once again. At the end of June. At the FIFA World Cup. In the third and final group match. This time around however, the situation has been turned on its head. Lionel Messi and Co have just lost their second match against Croatia and find themselves bottom of the group, while Nigeria are currently second and have their knock-out stage fate in their own hands.
Switzerland’s two goals in a dramatic comeback win over Serbia on Friday were two of the most political goals in World Cup history.
They were scored by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, two players of Kosovar Albanian heritage whose families fled Yugoslavia during a bloody conflict between ethnic Albanians and ethnic Serbs. Both celebrated with the “Albanian eagle” gesture, a symbol used by ethnic Albanians in Kosovo to display resistance to Serbian/Yugoslav rule.