Brazil’s place in the last-16 of the 2018 World Cup is close to being secured after they left it late to get their first win of the tournament in their second Group E game.

Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho scored his second of the tournament in injury time, before Neymar added another to give the Samba Boys a much-needed win over Costa Rica and, temporarily at least, put them into top spot.

Having seen Argentina humbled by Croatia last night, the pressure was on Brazil to perform and for large parts they struggled to break down their solid opponents, with Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas in fine form.

In the first-half Tite’s men recorded 331 passes, which was the most at a World Cup since 1966, but with the clock ticking down it looked like being another frustrating game in Russia for Seleção until Coutinho struck from close range in the 91st minute after Gabriel Jesus failed to control the ball.

Then, Neymar, who had dived earlier in the game with VAR rescinding the awarded penalty, added a second with a tap-in to secure all three points and put Brazil on the verge of the second round – they face Serbia in their final group game on Wednesday.