Tite: Neymar is still a work in progress

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Neymar wrote that "talk is cheap" but it's harder to deliver after Brazil escaped their second World Cup game with a 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Friday.

The world's most expensive player was making just his fourth appearance after breaking a bone in his foot in February.

Brazil's forward Neymar (R) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 22, 2018. But, after an exemplary use of the video assistant referee (VAR) system, the referee decided that the contact did not merit Neymar's tumble and changed his mind.

Navas - a growing thorn in Brazil's side - pulled off even greater heroics to deny Neymar with a fingertip save soon after, while another Coutinho strike was directed straight at the goalkeeper. He was out three and a half months and he played the full match. He is a human being, he needs time to reach his high standards again but before that there is a team that needs to be strong and not dependent on him.

Costa Rica, meanwhile, are out but the Central Americans were far from disgraced here.

"These players are trying to cheat and they are trying to gain an advantage for that, so why should they be allowed to play in the following game because other teams are obviously disadvantaged?" he said.

'Not everyone knows what I've come through to get here, ' said Neymar.

Moments after Coutinho's goal, Neymar got a goal of his own to give a Brazil a 2-0 win over Costa Rica at Saint Petersburg Stadium.

- Costa Rica are winless in their last five World Cup matches (D3 L2).

After a ponderous start, Brazil enjoyed a gradual crescendo during the first period but their dominance in possession was not reflected in chances created.

However, Coutinho's finish banished the tension and frustration, and led to 57-year-old Tite tumbling onto the pitch during the celebrations among Brazil's squad and coaches.

Neymar is known for his creative body art and has inspired fans to copy some of his designs, but this idea seemed to fall flat with his following.

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