"You can't put all the responsibility on one player". "I thought I was going to have a heart attack, but we took care of the game in the Brazilian way".
Costa Rica looked likely to hold on for a hard-earned draw, particularly after Neymar had a penalty award chalked off by referee Bjorn Kuipers, following a consultation with the Video Assistant Referee.
Many labelled him a diver, criticising his disingenuous fall, while others called for a yellow card or posted GIFs of other things succumbing to the force of gravity.
"The joy, the satisfaction and the pride of representing the national team is a lot", Brazil coach Tite said, defending Neymar.
Neymar seemed panicked for most of the second half as his shots sailed over the bar or simply missed the mark, and he complained about almost every call. "It's just a pity they scored in injury time".
Still haunted by demons after losing 7-1 in the semifinals at their own World Cup four years ago - a game Neymar missed - this threatened to turn into another World Cup nightmare for the five-time winners.
Both the goals came in the second half.
"I see him as a younger brother", said Silva, who has made 73 appearances for Brazil. "It became very hard for us".
Meanwhile, Costa Rica have knocked out of the tournament after failing to notch any point from two games.
The world's most expensive player had been an injury doubt after hobbling out of training on Tuesday with an ankle problem, 48 hours after he was on the end of 10 fouls from robust Swiss opponents as Brazil opened their campaign with a disappointing 1-1 draw. But he was also in theatrical mode against Costa Rica, tumbling over dramatically when touched. "We tried to play fairly but stop him fairly as well". He was out three and a half months and he played the full match. Once again, he just waved them away. "We need a similar defensive performance with greater effectiveness up front".
Such was the relief on the Brazil bench in St Petersburg that coach Tite sprinted onto the pitch before stumbling and had to be helped to his feet.
Brazil's second goal was timed at 96:49 - the latest recorded stoppage time goal in a World Cup match since 1966.
The Costa Ricans lost their first group match 1-0 to Serbia.
After a slighly ponderous first half, Brazil cranked up the pressure in the second as Gabriel Jesus´s header crashed against the crossbar and Coutinho was denied by the ever-present Gamboa on the line.