A largely frustrating afternoon for the five-time world champions - during which Neymar was heavily criticised for his on-field theatrics - was forgotten thanks to two goals in stoppage time.
Jesus had the ball in the net after 26 minutes only to be denied by the offside flag, and a minute later Brazil could have broken through when Coutinho's pass freed Neymar, whose heavy first touch allowed keeper Keylor Navas to smother. "Talk is cheap, even a parrot can do it, but do something. few people can do that!"
Neymar has since revealed on Instagram the real reason for his tears, saying: "The cry is of joy, of overcoming, of clawing and willing to win".
Costa Rica - rightly anticipating that Brazil would enjoy the lion's share of possession - sat deep but looked unsafe when they were given the rare opportunity to counter.
"The dream continues, not [the] dream. Congratulations for the performance, guys". The Switzerland clash was his first competitive game for almost four months after a broken bone in his right foot ended his club season with Paris Saint-Germain in February.
Neymar learned the hard way what it's like to be a marked man when Switzerland fouled him 10 times in their World Cup opener with many other hard tackles not called for fouls.
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That led the world's most expensive player to take to social media to explain his emotions.
"He was three and a half months out [with a foot injury] and he played the full match. He needs some time to resume his high standard but before he does that there is a team which has to be strong and not dependent on him".
"He is resuming a process".
Preview: A battered and bruised Neymar will aim to get Brazil's World Cup campaign back on track here on Friday as the pre-tournament favourites seek to re-assert their title credentials with victory over Costa Rica. Tite fell to the floor as he sped onto the pitch following Coutinho's strike.
Brazil fans believe their World Cup hopes have been given a boost by the news of star striker Neymar's new haircut, ditching his old blond coiffured style after it was trolled online. "Genuine or not, Neymar's crying is worrying".