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Brazil in control of own destiny as Tite's boldness pays off

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — It will be remembered for Neymar's post-game tears, the two injury-time goals, and another big call from the video assistant referee. Yet the dramatic finish to Brazil's 2-0 win over Costa Rica was instructive in showing the thinking of Tite and the plans the coach may have for his team going forward in the World Cup. Often referred to as "The Professor" by his players, Tite demonstrated boldness and a bright mind in making second-half changes that, ultimately, changed the game and kept Brazil in charge of its own destiny in Group E. Willian was hauled off at halftime and replaced by Douglas Costa, whose pace and trickery on the right wing allowed him to get in behind Costa Rica's compact defense.Read more on


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