OSU Target Israel Antwine Decommits from Ole Miss

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. One of Oklahoma State’s top targets for 2018 is back on the market.Three-star defensive tackle Israel Antwine announced on twitter last night that he was rescinding his commitment to Ole Miss.“The past couple of weeks have been difficult for me. However I would like to thank my family and coaches for helping me through this recruiting process and plans for my future. I want to thank the Ole Miss staff for giving me the opportunity to continue my career as a student athlete, but due to recent events I will be re-opening the recruiting process and will re-evaluate where I will continue my collegiate career… I will not be open to immediate interviews due to me preparing for the start of my Sr. season however I will not prolong the recruiting process either. I just want to make sure I make the right decision. thank you.”AdChoices广告Antwine’s decision to decommit from the Rebels isn’t surprising. He said himself he was reconsidering his commitment just last week. Considering what Ole Miss is dealing with involving potential sanctions and head coach Hugh Freeze stepping down, you can’t blame him.You have to expect Oklahoma State to be in the running for the talented defensive tackle, though their stiffest competition may come from a late contender. Texas made an offer to Antwine on July 26, when it looked like he would eventually decommit. Now, 247Sports has the Longhorns as the overwhelming favorites to land the Oklahoma City area prospect from Millwood High.If OSU is going to land him, they might not have long to swing his favor in their direction. Antwine says he won’t draw out the recruiting process, which makes me believe he has a short list of landing spots he’s leaning toward.last_img read more

Carl Albert Safety Jason Taylor II Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. .@JTII_25 commits to #okstate on @KFORsports. pic.twitter.com/zl10yR757G— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) August 5, 2017AdChoices广告Taylor is the 18th commitment of the 2018 class for the Cowboys, and the third at his position. He joins Jarrick Bernard and Kanion Williams among committed incoming safeties.In addition to OSU, Taylor also held scholarship offers from SMU, Memphis and Tulsa. He is the fifth verbal commitment out of the state of Oklahoma for the Pokes 2018 class, which now ranks 25th nationally and fifth in the Big 12. Class of 2018 safety Jason Taylor II has committed to Oklahoma State over SMU and Tulsa.The Carl Albert High School product made his decision on Friday morning and the taped commitment video aired Friday evening on KFOR Sports.“I really came to the decision because it was the best fit for me, it felt like I could really see myself there,” Taylor said while thanking his friends and family who were on hand.last_img read more

Cunningham: Ranking My Top Five Uniform Combinations from 2016

first_imgIs this the year? The season OSU finally gets over the hump?Is this the year they dethrone Oregon for the best uniforms in college football?! With the upgraded jerseys & plethora of helmets OSU is truly close to calling itself the best dressed in the nation. With that, let’s look back at 2016.5. Central Michigan: Black/Black/Gray[USATSI]If the helmet had the brand (chrome!) or the badge, it would be top two. I’ve wanted to see Black-Gray-Black since 2011, and this is a glimpse of its prowess. Black and gray is an awesome look and the orange numbers are a nice compliment.AdChoices广告4. Southeastern Louisiana: White (Brand)/Orange/White[USATSI]Full disclosure: I’m not a White-Orange-White connoisseur. I guess I like the non-traditional looks more because I’ve seen WOW a majority of my life. This is strictly because of the brand – Only worn once the entire season! Is the brand a thing of the past? Is the badge the official logo now? I like the badge and will address it later but I’m worried about the brand, guys. By the way, what if I told you in the mid-2000s about a helmet with a black face mask, black stripe & metallic brand? Would you need CPR? I would. Keep in mind OSU was wearing these monstrosities back then.3. West Virginia (HC): Black (Retro Brand)/Orange/White[USATSI]“BY GAWD!!! THAT’S JIMMY JOHNSON’S MUSIC!!!” The throwback helmet was done so well I think my Dad thought he was watching ESPN Classic. I just wish they could go full-throwback with the jersey & pants, as well. Anyway, the homecoming helmet has become an annual thrill to see what the equipment staff comes up with and this was their best one yet.2. TCU: White (Badge)/White/Black[USATSI]This is a perfect road uniform. There is really no way to understate how crucial the switch to black numbers is. The numeral pops on its own but paired with the black pants is perfection. I was leery at first but it’s really grown on me: I’m all-in on the aforementioned badge. If they aren’t going to wear the brand…Badge > Pete.1. Texas: Black (Badge)/Black/Black[USATSI]All-black is foolproof. When you are one of the few schools with black as an official school color (looking at you, TCU & Baylor. High school move.) you must take advantage. There’s not a more intimidating look than all-black, everything. Throw-in the badge & chrome face mask and this combo is among the best in the nation. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Daily Bullets (July 16): Big 12 Media Days Didn’t Disappoint

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. That flow. It’s ready. #okstate pic.twitter.com/SKSn5yYiEu— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) July 15, 2019• And would it really be Media Day without a story or two from the farm?Knew Mike Gundy had a farm but didn’t know this … #OKState pic.twitter.com/MG0BV9C2tN— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) July 15, 2019• Note: The time for OSU’s Oct. 5 trip to Lubbock is TBD.Gary Patterson said there’s one major difference between playing Texas Tech in Lubbock in the daytime and at nighttime:“They throw tortillas at us in the daytime, and they throw frozen water bottles at us at night.” #Big12MediaDays— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 15, 2019• Either the date on the trophy is wrong, or OSU has resigned itself to/is predicting back-to-back Liberty Bowl championships.OSU’s Liberty Bowl trophy on display. #okstate pic.twitter.com/ImfEYXnTJu— Phillip (@OKTXARPoke) July 15, 2019PFB Takes on ArlingtonKyle Boone and Marshall Scott were on hand covering the event and each came out with some great stories. There’s much more coming as the week goes on, but here’s what we learned on Monday.• Boone on why Mike Gundy has a pep in his step heading into the fall.• Gundy on the ongoing QB race, “We haven’t had anybody go ahead and take the reins at this point.”• Check out the jersey digits for OSU’s newcomers. Langston Anderson’s is 👌.• Marshall’s Notebook will cover anything else you might have missed.Other OSU Bullets• Mike Gundy got some good news on his way back from Texas when Bixby athlete — and OBJ impersonator — Brennan Presley committed for the 2020 class.• 2020 linebacker commit Jeff Roberson came in at No. 8 on The Oklahoman‘s Super 30. This from Scott Wright’s story should get you excited about what the Choctaw product will bring to OSU.Roberson’s speed sets him apart, making him an ideal fit in Knowles’ 4-2-5 defense, where linebackers are asked to be versatile playmakers in the box and in the secondary.“He’s a freakishly athletic kid who plays extremely hard,” Choctaw coach Jake Corbin said. “He’s very fast, physical, and he’ll deliver a punch when he gets there. [NewsOK]Non-OSU Bullets• Guard yourself with a little self control so that Amazon doesn’t take advantage of you.• A fictional (for now) look at what effects censorship and regulation could have on online media. Arkansas Waterfall + 5 o’clock shadow = guaranteed 10 wins. #OKState pic.twitter.com/8SOKM7HDBo— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) July 15, 2019center_img Mike Gundy showed up to Big 12 Media Days awfully calm for someone without a starting quarterback established and with plenty of other questions about his team. His mullet was full and his buzz words were fitting (discipline and toughness).Bullets Rundown• Gundy didn’t name his starting QB (duh)• Les Miles is still a walking sound bite• Gundy feeling rejuvenated• OSU adds under-the-radar freakBig 12 Media Day Bullets• The biggest question facing OSU is the one nobody expected to be answered on Monday. According to Gundy, Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown are 1a and 1b (or rather 1x and 1x) with neither having taken the reins of the offense yet.Bill Haisten recalled another QB competition including a highly-touted Texas passer. (For the record, Bill’s sticking with his prediction that Sanders starts the entire year).“We had to put the guy out there who gave us the best chance to make plays,” Gundy recalled. “Bobby wasn’t very healthy at times, and the other guy was making plays. Bobby had every chance to play, and to make plays. I don’t remember it being that stressful.”My memory of that time is totally different. I sensed a ton of stress, and it was my belief Gundy felt great pressure in having to bench a big-time Texas recruit like Reid. [Tulsa World]On Monday, Gundy looked anything but stressed. Hopefully that’s a good sign for OSU.• Tylan Wallace says Sean Gleeson brings something that has been missing from OSU’s offense, intensity and aggression. [heart eyes emoji]Stud WR @OfficialTylan2 stopped by the desk to talk about the expectations for the @CowboyFB offense.#Big12FB | #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/RSbSrimTbo— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) July 15, 2019• At the podium Les Miles was asked how the talent he inherits at Kansas compares to the what he had when he showed up in Stillwater. If he’s picking sides, he says going with the 2019 Jayhawks. Think I’m with OKC Dave on this one.FieldsBellRashaunBajemaD. WilliamsI’d take ’em against KU https://t.co/hrM8FAe5Ww— Dave Hudson (@okc_dave) July 15, 2019• Shots fired. At least the Mad Hatter is confident in the league.Here’s how @CoachLesMiles would rank the Power 5 conferences. “Pac-12 would not be an issue.” “It’s us and the @SEC.” #Big12MediaDays pic.twitter.com/7m3oP0pZeA— Heartland College Sports (@Heartland_CS) July 15, 2019• As is the yearly tradition, Mike Gundy’s elongated locks stole the show.🎷🎷🎷 pic.twitter.com/303LfxsygZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 15, 2019last_img read more

Best of Social Media From OSU’s Weather-Delayed Defeat of No. 24 K-State

first_imgOklahoma State righted the ship on Saturday downing No. 24 Kansas State 26-13, though it took longer than expected thanks to an hour-plus weather delay.The Twittersphere was buzzing all night and there was plenty of timeline gold that kept me entertained throughout. Here are some of my favorites.Spencer is not afraid of a little contact, but I am (slide, my dude!).#BodybyGlass pic.twitter.com/0gCAHk3z1Y— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 29, 2019AdChoices广告 Even ESPN+ struggles when #okstate gets in the red zone. pic.twitter.com/z2dp0l9Idn— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 29, 2019 To a Cowboy Back!! pic.twitter.com/vOm7hIbIBz— Matt Amilian (@mattamilian) September 28, 2019But then it was more of the same late as OSU kicked field goals on four of its five score-zone drives.How’s that for creativity? 3rd and goal at the 4 and hand it off to… Tylan Wallace. It didn’t work and OSU settles for another FG. Pokes lead 13-0.— Michael Doutey (@mike_doutey) September 29, 2019 Kansas State should do us all a favor and just forfeit— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) September 29, 2019 Replay delays > weather delays— Big 12 Refs (@Big12Refs) September 29, 2019😶🧐”I hope nothing happened during the storm delay that requires a confession.” #okstate— Hunziker Bot (@HunzikerSays) September 29, 2019 ESPN+ going with the old GIA camera angle out of the lightning delay. pic.twitter.com/dsN62lWLka— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 29, 2019The Cowboys came out with the win, somewhat handily, but their red zone issues are anything but figured out.Things looked good early.When they finally let you throw in the red zone. pic.twitter.com/BVHiPI5Oep— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 28, 2019 Spencer Sanders moving up the depth chart at LB— Matt Amilian (@mattamilian) September 29, 2019Chuba had a career game with enough significant numbers and records to make your head spin. This was one of the more mind-blowing..@CowboyFB’s Chuba Hubbard finished Saturday with 296 rushing yards. He eclipsed both Barry Sanders (222) and Thurman Thomas’ (237) school record for most yards against a ranked opponent. pic.twitter.com/ZP50Fqui0v— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 29, 2019https://twitter.com/Hubbard_RMN/status/1178169947878559744?s=20The flagpole in the east end zone is big enough for a Canadian flag too. Just saying.— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) September 29, 2019 Weather delays are always weird and, at least somewhat, interesting affairs.Like a fax machine on national signing day. Their time to shine.— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) September 29, 2019 Let’s examine #okstate’s red zone offense … pic.twitter.com/LGQRm5GmHU— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 29, 2019 Conspiracy theory: Some SEC team has a really good kickerThe world cannot see Ammendola’s Lou Groza performance with these technical difficulties— Matt Amilian (@mattamilian) September 29, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

NFL Update: Top Five OSU Storylines from Week 5

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It was an eventful Week 5 for former Cowboys in the NFL, from a rash of injuries to a couple Pokes earning a little redemption.We’re going to change things up with our NFL Update by focusing on the top five (or so) talking points regarding former OSU players each week. Let’s get started with the one of the biggest stories around all of football this past weekend.Rudolph in Concussion ProtocolMason Rudolph suffered a scary injury on Sunday that took him out for the remainder of Pittsburgh’s 26-23 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Before his injury, Rudolph was shaping up to have a solid game for consecutive weeks. He finished 13-of-20 with 131 yards and touchdown.On the play that ended his day, the Steelers faced third-and-11 from deep in their own territory. Rudolph scrambled, evading several tacklers, before finding James Washington for a big first down just before taking the hit that knocked him out.Despite some talk about his and the Steelers’ heavy use of short passes, Rudolph is still showing he can go deep so far this year.Per ESPN stats and info: Mason Rudolph’s TD to JuJu was his 4th TD pass of 35+ yds. He’s now second in the league for 35+ yard TD passes behind Patrick Mahomes (6). Jimmy G is second with 3.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 6, 2019And he’s showing plenty of improvement just four games into his tenure as Pittsburgh’s QB1.Mason Rudolph started the Ravens game 9 for 9 for 89 yards. That means he had completed 33 of his past 37 passes for 318 yards and 3 TDs with no interceptions in less than six quarters, going back to Bengals game. That’s a 129.5 passer rating.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) October 7, 2019Rudolph is all among the top 10 in the NFL in passer rating (9th), long passes (4th), passing TD percentage (2nd), and sack percentage (2nd).Fortunately Rudolph went home from the hospital on Sunday night and even showed up to the facility on Monday.Mason Rudolph came into the locker room smiling during the team’s availability today. Definitely good to see him up and walking around.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 7, 2019He remains in the league-mandated concussion protocol. Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin is expected to address Rudolph’s injury status in his weekly press conference on Tuesday.Rudolph wasn’t the only familiar name to go down in the Steelers and Colts game. The intradivisional tilt become a Bedlam MASH unit of sorts. Rudolph was lost with the concussion. James Washington went out with a shoulder injury after hauling in three of his six targets for 52 yards. Washington’s status for next week is unknown.On the Sooners side, Baltimore safety Tony Jefferson suffered a season-ending knee injury. Ravens receiver Marquise Brown (ankle) and tight end Mark Andrews (undisclosed) left the game with injury, but both returned to the game.Chris Carson Rebounding NicelyAfter losing three fumbles in the first three weeks, and averaging just under 53 yards per game, Carson returned to 2018 form averaging 111 yards per game and 4.5 per carry over the last two weeks.On Thursday night, he turned in a season-high 118 yards on the ground plus this touchdown catch.Chris Carson with the bobble catch.Meanwhile, Russ is putting on a SHOW!#LARvsSEA | #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/G5I8EM6Cff— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) October 4, 2019Dan Bailey Perfect in WinDon’t look now but the former OSU record-holder is 7-of-8 on field goals so far this season after a 4-for-4, 14-point outing during the Vikings’ 28-10 win over the Giants. Bailey’s 87.5 percent field goal rate is ninth in the league currently.What’s more, the Dallas Cowboys — who cut Bailey last season for CFL journeyman Brett Maher — lost to by 10 to the Packers in a game in which Maher went 1-for-3 including missing a 33-yard kick that would have cut the lead to 7 with two minutes remaining.This, of course, set Cowboys Twitter ablaze.What is Dan Bailey doing?— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) October 6, 2019 Dan Bailey. That is all. #GoPackGo— Marshall Scott (@Marshall_Once) October 6, 2019Marcell Ateman Called UpAfter spending the first four weeks on Oakland’s practice squad, second-year wideout Marcell Ateman was promoted to the Raiders’ active roster. This seemed like a matter of time after the team and Pro Bowl wideout Antonio Brown parted ways earlier this season. It looks like the injury of offensive lineman Jordan Devey cleared the way.He saw the field for just 28 snaps during the Raiders’ win over the Bears and did not draw a target, but there should be opportunities to be had. Ateman was promoted from the practice squad midway through his rookie season and started six games, recording 15 catches, 154 yards and a touchdown.last_img read more

Kimmich slams Germany’s mentality in Mexico loss

first_imgGermany ‘Quality is not enough’ – Kimmich slams Germany’s mentality in Mexico loss Guy Atkinson 17:58 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Joshua Kimmich - cropped Getty Images Germany World Cup Germany v Sweden Sweden Germany v Mexico Mexico The right-back has lamented the number of mistakes that his side made as they suffered a poor start to the defence of their World Cup title Joshua Kimmich has questioned Germany’s mentality after their shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Sunday.The reigning champions were second best to El Tri throughout and were duly punished by Hirving Lozano’s superb goal midway through the first half.Germany had won just one of their six pre-World Cup friendlies after qualifying with a 100 per cent record and Kimmich believes a lack of intensity in those games contributed to their lacklustre performance against the Central Americans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar He said: “The mentality when facing a match of this level also counts, quality is not enough. We lacked that too, so many mistakes were made.”Removing Saudi Arabia we have not won the last six games. You cannot compare the friendlies, in which the opponent does not press you as much as a qualifying round or a World Cup.”The coach [Joachim Low] is right when he said that we lost a lot of balls. Mexico did well on the counter-attack, especially – they caught us several times.”Kimmich, however, was indirectly criticised by team-mate Mats Hummels in the game’s aftermath, with the veteran defender complaining that only he and Jerome Boateng were defending.Germany will be hoping to get their campaign back on track when they face Sweden at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Saturday.last_img read more

Report: Brazil 2 Costa Rica 0

first_imgBrazil 2 Costa Rica 0: Coutinho and Neymar score in stoppage time to snatch win Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 22:01 6/22/18 neymar - CROPPED Getty Images Brazil snatched a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica at the World Cup thanks to stoppage-time goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar. Philippe Coutinho and Neymar both scored in stoppage time to snatch victory for Brazil after the Paris Saint-Germain forward had been denied a penalty by VAR in a 2-0 World Cup win over Costa Rica.Desperate for a win in St Petersburg after being held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening fixture, Brazil looked like missing out on the three points when the decision to award Neymar a spot-kick was overturned in the 79th minute.The former Barcelona star went down softly under the challenge of Giancarlo Gonzalez, with referee Bjorn Kuipers initially pointing to the spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar However, VAR intervention led to a reversal of the decision, as replays showed minimal contact between Gonzalez and Neymar, who had fallen backwards as if pulled down.The incident came late in a match Brazil dominated but in which for long spells they struggled to break down a determined Costa Rica defence.However, with the clock having ticked past 90 minutes, Coutinho and Neymar stepped forward to break Costa Rican hearts and spare Brazilian blushes, sending their side top of Group E ahead of the clash between Serbia and Switzerland.Neymar dropped to his knees in tears on the final whistle after the tournament’s most successful side came through a real test of character against a Costa Rica side whose hopes of progression are now over.#Scenes for Brazil in injury time today… #BRACRC pic.twitter.com/yBU54UK75S — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 22 June 2018 Costa Rica – rightly anticipating that Brazil would enjoy the lion’s share of possession – sat deep but looked dangerous when they were given the rare opportunity to counter.Celso Borges should have done better when he dragged an effort wide of the target from a Cristian Gamboa cutback after 13 minutes and, for all of their time on the ball, Brazil found it difficult to find a way through the Costa Rica defence.Gabriel Jesus hammered a shot into the back of the net from an offside position in the 25th minute, rightly prompting a flag from the linesman, but the incident sparked a period of Brazil pressure, with Marcelo and Coutinho trying their luck from distance and a Neymar cross necessitating a desperate defensive header over the crossbar.Marcelo had looked most likely to make something happen for Brazil but found Keylor Navas equal to his low drive five minutes from the break, the Real Madrid goalkeeper stooping to halt the game’s first shot on target from his clubmate.Neymar – named in the starting XI despite struggling with an ankle injury this week – confronted the referee on the pitch and in the tunnel at half-time, presumably taking objection to Costa Rica’s rough-and-ready approach to dealing with him.And Brazil returned to the field with added purpose after the break, with Jesus heading against the crossbar before Navas diverted Coutinho’s follow-up wide.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.Neymar curled around the right-hand post from 18 yards after the defence opened up for him in the 72nd minute, before the officials arrived at the correct decision via VAR to deny him a penalty.That incident threatened to dominate the headlines until Coutinho prodded Brazil in front in the 91st minute, getting on the end of a Roberto Firmino nod down and a helpful touch from Jesus.And Neymar was on hand to tap home Douglas Costa’s delicate chipped cross even deeper into stoppage time to wrap up three points that had appeared like slipping through Brazilian fingers.The relief was clear as the tears rolled down the face of the world’s most expensive player, who surpassed Romario in third on the country’s all-time list of goalscorers.Brazil’s second goal was timed at 96:49 – the latest recorded 90th minute goal in a World Cup match since 1966. Knockout. #BRACRC #BRA #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/HUEVeaqqn7 — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 22 June 2018 Key Opta stats:- This was Brazil’s first World Cup victory thanks to a goal scored in the 90th minute.- Brazil have won 10 of their 11 meetings with Costa Rica in all competitions, losing the other in a friendly in 1960.- Costa Rica are winless in their last five World Cup matches (D3 L2).- Costa Rica had just three shots in this match, with all of those coming in the opening 15 minutes.- Brazil’s second goal was timed at 96:49 – the latest recorded 90th minute goal in a World Cup match since 1966.- In all international matches, Brazil are unbeaten in 13 games (W9 D4 L0), conceding just three goals in that run.- Neymar has been fouled 14 times so far in the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player.- Neymar has scored 56 goals in 87 matches for Brazil – only Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62) have scored more. read morelast_img read more