Despite the lax start to the game, the generally pessimistic stance over Brazil’s performance drastically changed after Neymar joined in Coutinho’s effort to grind out a much-anticipated, but at some point questioned victory, with some being moved by his tears:
However, in the beginning, the lax start to the match was on everybody’s lips:
"If Costa Rica can do to Brazil what Croatia did to Argentina I am not going to do anything," one user remarked.
Many put a heavy emphasis in their reviews on Brazil’s poor play and unexpectedly “struggling” play:
This has been really poor from Brazil…. Costa Rica doing what they planned, frustrating the Brazilian team— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) 22 июня 2018 г.
Brazil is playing out that nightmare FIFA scenario where you keep creating great chances, but every shot either hits the bar or directly to the keeper….— Brown Dolph (@S_Malhotra) 22 июня 2018 г.
Yet, for many the “heat was on,” with some humorously citing the "third" eye’s permission to score:
Brazil….Costa Rica— Legend Of Ozils Third Eye (@thelegendofozil) 22 июня 2018 г.
You now have my permission to score pic.twitter.com/AEZt6ZOVVH
Some shifted their thoughts to who they think are more promising players, namely Portugal’s Ronaldo and now retired Brazilian player Kaka. Meanwhile others recalled the glory days of numerous award-winning Brazilian national teams:
Hordes of users engaged in posting memes speculating on ways how to prevent Neymar from falling that often. The Brazilian star’s “misfortune” didn’t go unnoticed either:
One user even opted for a photoshopped image offering speculations over Neymar’s foul record since the World Cup's kickoff:
Although some felt sympathetic about the football titan’s errors, many commentators couldn’t stay out of satirical pondering over his “goat” and “diving” gestures. One user even assumed that is the trick how Neymar makes a penalty appeal:
& the most diving player in that tournament too— SM (@a40ec2b974ff462) 22 июня 2018 г.
No less hilarious memes centered around fans cheering from the stands:
Russian users took to Twitter to post "Goodbye Neymar" memes, with one woman suggesting that Ronaldo should teach Neymar how to dive:
"See you, Neymar!"
"Hey, Neymar, why don't you ask Ronaldo to teach you how to dive"
Another Twitter user even came up with a bit of World Cup-inspired poetry; although it is in Russian the rhyme can be grasped in English, as well:
"What’s working? VAR.
Who’s struggling? Neymar."