And he was criticised for being self-indulgent, often taking too many touches to try and beat Swiss right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner instead of moving the ball on quickly to teammates.
But Tite strongly refuted reports he has asked Neymar to play more in the team's best interests. "All of the players have this responsibility of playing for the collective (good) and being individuals".
A pre-tournament friendly against Austria brought similarly robust treatment for Neymar, who limped out of a training session earlier this week, with Selecao boss Tite admitting the 26-year-old has rushed ahead in his rehabilitation from a broken metatarsal sustained at the end of February.
"Neymar is a very skilled player and it's true that people have tried to stop him a little aggressively", Ramirez told reporters on the eve of the match.
Costa Rica were one of the major surprises of the 2014 World Cup and will head to Russian Federation for next year's tournament with largely the same squad of players having easily qualified from the CONCACAF region.
"He had a knock, but I think it was the first time in three and a half months he played 90 minutes", said Tite.
Brazil went into the 2018 World Cup as one of the top teams, just behind Germany, so Brazilian fans were disappointed when their team had a 1-1 draw against 6th ranked Switzerland.
One of the highlights of Costa Rica's qualifying campaign was a 4-0 crushing of the United States in San Jose that cost U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann his job.
"You've seen already there have been plenty of surprises", said the Sporting Lisbon playmaker. "We need to at least draw to continue with a chance".