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  1. FIFA World Cup 2018, Brazil vs Costa Rica: Goal! Coutinho, Neymar take Selecaos to knockouts

FIFA World Cup 2018, Brazil vs Costa Rica: Goal! Coutinho, Neymar take Selecaos to knockouts

FIFA World Cup 2018, Brazil vs Costa Rica: Brazil in a must-win situation against Costa Rica at St Petersberg to avoid an Argentina-like situation.

By: | Updated:Jun 22, 2018 7:31 pm
FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil and Costa Rica have met on three occasions at world finals.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Costa Rica: Brazil are all geared up to take on Costa Rica in a Group E clash. Canarinho have made one change – Fargner was included as the regular choice Danilo has been ruled out of the World Cup due to an injury. It is a very crucial match for the five-time champions as a loss would bring them into the same situation as Argentina. Croatia have qualified for the knockouts, on the other, La Albiceleste are on the brink of early exit from the tournament. Having drawn the first match against Switzerland, the Canarinho’s are in a must-win situation if they want to avoid a nerve-wracking match against Serbia.

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Brazil have won nine out of ten previous international against Costa Rica, losing a friendly in 1960. This is the third meeting between the two sides at the world finals, with the former inflicting Costa Rica’s first defeat on them at the tournament in 1990 (1-0), before a 5-2 win in 2002.

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Highlights

  • 18:19 (IST)

    Half-time: Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

    And so a disappointing first half comes to an end. Costa Rica will be happy but Brazil’s frustration is palpable. Neymar has to be led away from an angry disagreement with Bjorn Kuipers, the Dutch referee who has given him barely any decisions in the first 45 minutes.

  • 16:56 (IST)

    Current situation!

    Costa Rica will be out if they make it two defeats from two. Why? Because Brazil would be on four points. Then Serbia and Switzerland meet tonight. Serbia will move to six points with a win and four points with a draw. Switzerland will be on four points if they win. Uh oh! A draw here will keep Costa Rica’s hopes alive, although a win would be better. That’s not asking too much, is it? Even though they trail 9-1 in the head-to-head record and haven’t tasted victory over Brazil since a 3-0 win in Panamerican Championship in 1960. Hmm. History isn’t on their side.

  • 16:21 (IST)

    Playing XI: Brazil and Costa Rica

    Brazil have made one change. With Danilo out of the World Cup due to an injury,  Fagner will be playing as the right-back. One thing that I still fail to understand is, why Tite is not playing Marquinhos ahead of Miranda. The former and Thiago Silva have been club-mates for over three years now and they would have a better understanding. The same policy has been followed by Uruguay. Oscar Tabarez has been playing Gimenez and Godin together as centre-back and the Atletico Madrid duo has been solid at the back.

19:13 (IST) 22 Jun 2018

86 min: Costa knocks a pass to Casemiro, who finds Jesus in the area. The striker’s crowded out by three Costa Rica defenders.

19:11 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
Memes on Neymar dive

People have gone crazy over Neymar unnecessary dive when he could have taken a shot.

19:08 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
PENALTY WIPED OUT! VAR saves Costa Rico

79 min: Bjorn Kuipers runs to the side of the pitch, has a look at the screen, runs back to the Costa Rica area and overturns his decision! He’s decided that there wasn’t sufficient contact on Neymar! Brazil can’t believe it. Neymar’s day gets worse.

19:02 (IST) 22 Jun 2018

72 min: Brazil break and Coutinho tries to release Jesus. Gamboa steps in but his intervention inadvertently sends Neymar away. He zips inside, opens up his body and curls the ball high and wide from 20 yards, with only Navas to beat.

18:54 (IST) 22 Jun 2018

67 min: Roberto Firmino is in.

18:52 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
18:42 (IST) 22 Jun 2018

52 min: Costa Rica finally relieve some pressure and acquaint themselves with the Brazil half. Not for long, though. Brazil soon retrieve possession. There’s a different feel to this game already.

18:39 (IST) 22 Jun 2018

46 min: Brazil get the second half underway. Tite shared my opinion of Willian’s performance. The winger has been replaced by Juventus’s Douglas Costa. 

18:23 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
Stats! first half
18:19 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
Half-time: Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

And so a disappointing first half comes to an end. Costa Rica will be happy but Brazil’s frustration is palpable. Neymar has to be led away from an angry disagreement with Bjorn Kuipers, the Dutch referee who has given him barely any decisions in the first 45 minutes.

18:15 (IST) 22 Jun 2018

44 min: Fagner picks out Neymar with a ball from right to left. He falls over and the flag’s up for offside. He looks so far off the pace.

18:11 (IST) 22 Jun 2018
18:10 (IST) 22 Jun 2018

39 min: Willian sends in a corner from the right. Paulinho tumbles, claiming he’s been wrestled to the ground in the Tunisian style. Nothing doing.

18:03 (IST) 22 Jun 2018

31 min: Neymar tricks his way past and falls on the edge of the area. It looks like he’s been scythed down but the referee waves his appeals away. Neymar buries his face in the turf. There’s no point whinging, though. He drags himself to his feet and tests Costa Rica again. He twists and turns on the left, leaving a defender on his backside, but Jesus is offside when Neymar crosses.

17:57 (IST) 22 Jun 2018

25 min: A cross from Neymar drifts out of play for a goal-kick. There are a few derisive whistles from the crowd.

Here are the squads BRAZIL Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma/ITA), Cassio (Corinthians), Ederson (Man City/ENG) Defenders: Danilo (Man City/ENG), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid/ESP), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Miranda (Inter Milan/ITA), Marquinhos (PSG/FRA), Thiago Silva (PSG/FRA), Geromel (Gremio) Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid/ESP), Fernandinho (Man City/ENG), Paulinho (Barcelona/ESP), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan/CHN), Fred (Shakhtar Donestk/UKR), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona/ESP), Willian (Chelsea/ENG) Forwards: Neymar (PSG/FRA), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City/ENG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Douglas Costa (Juventus/ITA), Taison (Shakhtar Donestk/UKR) COSTA RICA Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid/ESP), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Leonel Moreira (Herediano) Defenders: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic/SCO), Ian Smith (Norrkoping/SWE), Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC/USA), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland/ENG), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol/ESP), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna/ITA), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United/USA), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps/USA), Johnny Acosta (Rionegro Aguilas/COL) Midfielders: David Guzman (Portland Timbers/USA), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne/SUI), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna/ESP), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Rodney Wallace (New York City FC/USA), Cristian Bolanos (Saprissa) Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon/POR) Forwards: Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis/ESP), Johan Venegas (Saprissa), Marco Urena (Los Angeles FC/USA)

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