Neymar hits back at his World Cup critics after Brazil's 2-0 win against Costa Rica

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In tears: Neymar cries after the final whistle

Neymar hit back at his critics after scoring his team’s second goal in Brazil’s 2-0 win against Costa Rica on Friday.

The PSG striker netted deep into stoppage time after Philippe Coutinho had given the five-time champions the lead just moments earlier.

When the final whistle was blown, Neymar was broke down in tears and later took to social media to hit out at his critics.

“Not everyone knows what I went through to get here,” he posted on Twitter and Instagram.

“Even parrots can talk, but walking the walk… not everyone does it. I cried out of happiness, overcoming, grit and desire to win.

“Things were never easy in my life, so why would they be now? The dream – no, the OBJECTIVE – is still alive. Congratulations for the performance, guys.”

However, there is concern in Brazil that Neymar’s tears may be an indication he may find it difficult to handle the pressure as the tournament progresses.

Brazil’s biggest paper, O Globo, said: “It’s not normal to cry in the second game of a World Cup.

“A team needs to demonstrate mental strength, not fragility. Genuine or not, Neymar’s crying is worrying.”

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The vikings of Iceland felt the hammer come down on them in Volgograd as the euphoria of their opening 1-1 World Cup draw with Argentina was replaced by negativity following a 2-0 defeat to Nigeria.

Nigeria were second best in a first half dominated by the tiny European nation, but they were revitalised after the break and broke the deadlock when Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa thundered a ferocious effort into the roof of the net after Victor Moses had supplied a fine cross following a flowing counter-attack.

Musa later hit the bar before netting his second goal moments later after latching onto a long ball and utilising his pace, rounding goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson before stylishly sidefooting home.

Iceland’s talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson had the chance to get his side back into it but surprisingly skied his spot kick and that was that.

Here we rate the Iceland players.

ICELAND (4-4-2)

Hannes Halldorsson – 7:

After heroics in the opener against Argentina, would have been content with a quieter day. But still had to be bright to keep out Ndidi’s effort.

Birkir Saevarsson – 7:

A threat in attack, his crossing caused havoc in the Nigeria box as he looked to support at every opportunity. Musa caused havoc for him in defence though.

Kari Arnason – 5:

Won four aerial duels but had a tough time tracking Musa in the second period. Lack of pace exposed horribly by the quicksilver forward for his second.

Ragnar Sigurdsson – 6:

Injured after half-time but of course tried to carry on, eventually replaced though. How Iceland missed his leadership as Nigeria swarmed.

Hordur Magnusson – 7:

Carried on from where he left off excellently against Argentina. Had more freedom to roam forward here and gave Moses a testing afternoon.

Rurik Gislason – 6:

High with his shot after a fine run through Nigeria’s midfield as Iceland fought back. Not surprising perhaps that he doesn’t have an international goal in three years.

Aron Gunnarsson – 6:

Anchored midfield brilliantly and showed off a delectable array of passing, nice to see that he can play a bit of football as well as take throw-ins.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6:

Sublime delivery as always, teammates should have taken advantage in the first half. You would have had him taking a penalty if your life was on the line, but miss means Iceland’s knockout chances are now on life support.

Birkir Bjarnason – 7:

A constant attacking outlet down the left for his side, full of industry and ingenuity. His 90 per cent pass success led Iceland’s starters.

Jon Bodvarsson – 6:

Brought in as an extra attacker alongside Finnbogason and worked tirelessly to pull the Nigeria defence out of position. Won four aerial battles.

Alfred Finnbogason – 5:

Lively and in the thick of the action as Iceland dominated the opening 45 minutes, but looked isolated and faded badly in the second half.

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Sverrir Ingason – 6:

Eventually replaced the banged up Ragnar Sigurdsson but could do little to prevent his side falling 2-0 behind.

Bjorn Sigurdarson – 6:

Replaced the hard-working Bodvarsson as Iceland desperately looked for a way back in.

Ari Skulason N/A

Thrown on with minutes to go, with the game already lost.

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Brilliant Ahmed Musa sparks Nigeria to 2-0 win to leave Iceland's World Cup hopes hanging by a thread

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Ahmed Musa's brilliant two-goal performance led Nigeria to victory.

Nigeria stunned Iceland in the second group stage fixture for both sides on Friday, with a brilliant Ahmed Musa scoring twice to lead the Super Eagles to a 2-0 victory.

Iceland, finding themselves in the rare position of being the favoured side at an international tournament, couldn’t handle the pace of Musa and his attacking colleagues, while Nigeria’s midfield and defence nullified their opposition’s attacking threat.

Everton star Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a late penalty that could have sparked a comeback, or at the very least mitigated the damage to Iceland’s goal difference.

The result leaves Nigeria on three points, ahead of Iceland and Argentina who have one point apiece, with Iceland ahead only on goal difference. Current group leaders Croatia have six points and have already qualified for the knockout stages.

Iceland will face Croatia on the final matchday of the group, while Nigeria will play Argentina knowing a win will seal qualification.

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