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BRA vs COS Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
2 - 0
Costa Rica
Philippe Coutinho 90'+1'
Neymar 90'+7'

Neymar and Brazil have got their just rewards, they were palpably the superior side in the second half - and as bad as one feels for Keylor Navas, 2-0 is a flattering scoreline for them. 

Brazil have arrived at the World Cup. 

That's all from me, Anirudh Menon. 

OH, CHAMPAGNE FOOTBALL! Brazil break forward, Casemiro feeds Diego Costa steams into the box and tees up Neymar; who from five yards out and an unguarded net beckoning; simply can not miss. 
90' + 6' OH OH OH Neymar. Neymar. Neymar. He rainbow-flicks the ball over Tejeda's head in the most flamboyantly contemptuous manner you'll ever see. WHAT A PLAYER
90' + 5' Brazil are playing keepball with the dead on their feet Costa Ricans chasing shadows. Marcelo wins a corner, 
90' + 4' OOOOH! WHAT A MOVE! Marcelo flicks it to Firmino - who holds off Gambao and plays it into Coutinho - the goalscorer des magnificently to flick it back into Firmino's path -- but the Liverpool striker's shot is more reminiscent of something Florent Sinama-Pongolle would have pulled out. Is a horrible shot is what I'm trying to say
90' + 3' After a brave, brave display from Costa Rica; they are three minutes from crashing out of the World Cup. You've got to feel for Navas
90' + 2' Jesus off, Fernandinho on. Tite's not stupid, you know,
OH MY! WHAT A GOAL! Marcelo swing in a lovely ball, Firmino wins a superb, superb header at the far post, Jesus' tries to control (to spin and shoot) and ends up touching it Coutinho - WHO STEAMS IN AND SMASHES THE BALL BETWEEN NAVAS' LEGS!
89' Navas is winded after a clash with Casemiro. He, of course, takes an AGE to get back to his feet. 
88' Neymar receives it short and dribbles at the box before lifting an interesting dink into the box; where Navas comes out to punch lustily clear. Superb, superb goalkeeping.
87' Brazil win a freekick as Gamboa steams into Neymar. Marcelo and Acosta then get together and the Costa Rican takes an age to get up. Of course he does. 
86' OH! BRAZIL! They are getting in each other's ways now. Costa slips a ball into Neymar, he touches it to Jesus who tries to slip it back but there's about as much space in that Costa Rican box as there is a Mumbai 2BHK. Absolutely none, I mean.
85' Brazil are knocking, and knocking hard. Neymar tries a pass into the box, it's cleared. Costa tries a cross, it's cleared. Coutinho has a pop but it deflects off Gonzalez and it loops into Navas' gloves
84' Yelstin Tejeda comes on for Guzmán as Oscar Ramirez battens down the hatches. Johnny Acosta then gets booked for taking a couple of years to take a throw-in. 
83' Costa runs at the Costa Ricans - skips past two, gets fouled by the third. The ref plays advantage and Marcelo kills the move with a useless ball into the box. 
82' Firmino tumbles in the box as he chases a Marcelo ball - but once again, nothing, Brazil will keep coming at this Costa Rican defence. 
81' Yellow for Neymar and Coutinho as both show extreme dissent at the ref not giving them the time of the day!
79' AND VAR HAS OVERTURNED IT! AND THAT'S A FREEKICK FOR COSTA RICA! WHAT SCENES! WHAT DRAMA! Neymar had been fed by a delicious ball by Jesus, and he waited for contact - instead of shooting - to the naked eye that looked a pen, but VAR has shown there was very little contact. 
77' Of which nothing happens but Neymar seeking a penalty for a dive - Kuipers asks him to get on with it. Brazil, though, keep moving forward, Marcelo's enterprising run allowing Neymar the ball in the box. He tees up Coutinho, but his trivela to the far post is cleared well 
76' OH! OH! OH! NEYMAR! The Brazilians swarm forward as Gamboa gives up possession from the freekick; The ball's immediately fed to Neymar, and he tries to slip it between Acosta's legs and into the goal - but it deflects off the defender and goes out for a corner
75' At the other end, Venegas does well to win a foul off Neymar at the halfway line. In the wake of this, Costa Rica make a substitution, Guzman off, the more defensively minded Francisco Calvo on. 
74' Marcelo looks to play in Jesus down the left; but once again Navas reads it perfectly and he comes out to collect it
72' OH! NEYMAR! OH! NEYMAR! Firmino's tackle leads to Marcelo countering - Neymar slips in between two defenders, and curls AN ABSOLUTE PEACH OF A SHOT THIS WIDE OF NAVAS' GOAL. A couple of inches to this side, and that was the opener. What a shot. 
71' Borges sells Casemiro down the river with a lovely flick around his back - and Costa Rica scream forward; but Costa and Firmino manage to hassle it away for them... 
69' Neymar ghosts into the box and almost gets to a Coutinho ball - but Oviedo does well to catch up and clear for a corner. That leads to another -- from which Casemiro thumps a header into his clubmate's hands! 
68' OH! OH! OH! COSTA RICA! A lovely Ruiz ball sets Oviedo free inside the box; he lifts a lovely dink into the box that escapes the finger tips of Alisson; it takes some great heading from Miranda and a calm clearance from Thiago sees the danger away. Tite hoists the kitchen sink on his shoulders in response to all this and send on Firmino in place of Paulinho! 4-2-4 now for Brazil!
67' Brazil are playing so much better this half - but the score's still 0-0; all other statistics are simply meaningless at this point.  
65' Neymar looks to find Paulinho inside the box - but Duarte throws himself at it, his head inches away from Paulinho's flying boot - and he heads it clear. No corner, as the ref's adjudged Paulinho's foot to have been raised a touch too high
64' OH! Costa Rica look to break once again, and Bolanos looks to have broken free -- but that sweeper keeper Alisson Becker sprints forward and passes his way out of danger. 
63' ...till Neymar gets fed up and takes a potshot from well out -- Navas lets its slip, but there's no one following up!
62' The ball's passed around meaninglessly a bit...
60' The corner pinballs around the Brazilian box in the scary fashion - till Marcelo hacks it clear with a superb, acrobatic clearance. By a stroke of luck more than anything else, the ball falls to Neymar's feet - and he races at a furiously backtracking Duarte. With Brazil 2 v 3 and Neymar having attracted two of the Costa Ricans - he looks to feed in Costa; but the ball bounces over the Juve man's outstretched leg!
59' This is so much better from Brazil, however their committing of resources into the box allows space on the counter - where Costa Rica win a corner
58' Brazil counter-the-counter and Douglas Costa swans into the box, feeds Paulinho - he in turn tees up Coutinho with a lovely touch; but the Barca combine doesn't quite work out as Real Madrid's Navas is there to save. 
57; The corner breaks to Jesus at the edge of the box, he's robbed though and Costa Rica counter through Bolanos -- he rampages into the box, where he shows too much of it to Miranda; and the Inter man eases him off it.  
56' Once again, Douglas Costa over does it with the dribble - but the Juve man is a fighter if nothing else and he wins it back for Paulinho to surge into the box. The Barca man then feeds Neymar - who smashes it first time at goal; Navas saves superbly! What a goalkeeper he is. 
54' Substitution for Costa Rica as Bolanos comes on for Urena. He becomes the first Costa Rican to represent his nation at three world cups!
53' Douglas Costa looks to dribble past three - Ruiz dispossesses him easily - but ends up giving it away to Neymar. The no. 10 jinks hither, thither and feeds Marcelo - who boots a hopeless trivela out of play
52' All the regrouping just leads to them giving the ball back to the men in blue about 30 seconds later
51' Brazil do nothing with this one, either - Casemiro then brings Brazil's early momentum to a halt with a useless attempt at a through ball. Costa Rica have some time to regroup now. 
50' Brazil do nothing with that corner, but soon win another one. 
49' OH! OH! OH! Brazil havve woken up! Costa drifts in and lifts a lovely ball into the box - Jesus jumps highest, meets it, and his header thumps it against the crossbar! Paulinho keeps it alive with a superb couple of touches in the box - before he lays it off to Coutinho. The little magician's shot, though, is blocked superbly by Gamboa on the line! WOAH!
48' Neymar teases Gamboa before recycling possession - like he's Jordan Henderson or something. AH! AH! JESUS! He takes a touch too time to release Paulinho into the box, and that allows Duarte to get a toe in to the Brazilian no.9's pass - the toe, though, leads to Navas having to hash a clearance - and it drops to Coutinho on the edge of the box. he lifts it back in - but Navas collects just ahead of Neymar
47' Brazil go back on the back foot as the Costa Ricans hold fort. 
46' Brazil start on the front foot

Douglas Costa has replaced the disappointing Willian!


Well, that's the worst 45 we've seen all World Cup long. It'll be better, the next one. IT HAS TO BE, PLEASE
45' + 1' One minute to be added on; Costa Rica win a freekick in a promising position but that's swung straight out of play. 
45' OH! OH! Ruiz and Urena combine well just outside the Brazilian box; but Miranda makes sure Gambao doesn't get to the Costa Rican striker's layoff
43' Paulinho sprints onto the ball and smashes a ball across the face of the goal - but no one's there to get to it. Jesus keeps it in play, but his cross is handled comfortably
42' That was this game's first shot on target. Tells you everything you need to know. Venegas looks to change our opinions of the match by shuffling into the box, but Thiago Silva looks at him contemptuously, shoulder barges him fairly off the ball and sets Brazil off on a counter-counter
41' Marcelo, inside forward extraordinaire, cuts in from the left and smashes a shot at goal with his right foot. Navas laughs at it, drinks a cup of tea, washes the utensil (he's a diligent man like that) and collects with ease. 
40' No VAR. Bryan Ruiz runs at five Brazilian shirts - no, five - and wins a freekick in the Brazilian half to give his defenders some breathing space. The Brazilians immediately win it back, though
39' There was a massive penalty shot as Paulinho went down in the box - no replays, so can't tell you why, or how - but the ref waves play on. Costa Rica counter and Ruiz looks to slip in Urena, but the striker's offside. 
38' Willian runs at Oviedo but he can only win a corner. 
37' Ah Neymar. He skpped past Gambao with the most delicious of wiggles -- but Acosta wasn't to be swayed by anything; he holds his ground and now Brazil have to start all over again
35' Marcelo looks to swing one into the box and does so - Jesus can't win any change from Gonzalez, Duarte, and Acosta. Ruiz gets onto it and looks to counter with a lovely shuffle of his hips and a one-two with Venegas - but Fagner slams into the latter (fairly) and Brazil move forward again. 
34' Ai! Willian jinks in from the left, and with a horde of blue waiting in the box for some sort of a dink, lashes it into row Z. Willian quickly looks at the ground, the Coca-Cola hoardings, anything but those mates who made the runs into the box, 
32' OOOOH! MUCH BETTER NEYMAR! He races into the box and stops with the suddenness of an F1 car. The sudden deccelaration sends his marker Gambao slithering along the grass looking for a towel to bury his face in... Neymar looks up and tries to lift one into Jesus; but Gonzalez gets to it before him.  
31' OH! OH! OH! Marcelo pings an early ball to Neymar, who falls over Gamboa's leg at the edge of the box - the ref asks him to get up, and grow up
30' Oh, Brazil have made up with the ball now. It's all them. Coutinho jinks inside and looks to Coutinho it into the far post, but he's not got his shooting boots on today. It curls just high, and just wide. 
29' Once again Neymar is set forward down the left. He looks to find Jesus in the box, but Duarte holds strong; the ball bounces out to Marcelo - who's shot screams just wide of Navas' far post
28' OH NEYMAR! Marcelo finds him with a peach of a hoick forward - Neymar's in behind the Costa Rican defence, his first touch is superb, but Navas screams off his line to smother his second. Superb, superb goalkeeping, this.
27' ...GOOOOONOOOOFFFSIDE! I mean, offside! Jesus has the ball in the back of the net with a lovely flick and volley -- Neymar ran, he was stopped, Marcelo smashed and it deflected to Jesus; who was caught offside smartly by Duarte -- but that's got Brazil going. 
26' Coutinho 's robbed by Ruiz - the Brazilians looking as complacent as they did against the Swiss - and he looks to move forward with a quick one-two; but Marcelo robs him and sets Neymar forward...
24' OH MY! Neymar sweeps a hopelessly bad ball out into the far post where there's nothing but sunny St. Petersburg air to meet it
23' Once again, the freekick is lifted into the far post, where Miranda gets his shiny bald pate to it; but the ball bounces of said lovely pate and out for a goalkick
22' OOH! A lovely touch from Gabriel Jesus has him almost spin away from Oscar Duarte - I say almost 'cos while the big Costa Rican was willing to let the ball get past him, he wasn't willing to let the man. 
21' Costa Rica are dominating proceedings here - truth be told - the lads from South America have really put in underwhelming perfromances in this World Cup, haven't they? 
20' OH! Coutinho looks to slip in Jesus who'd slipped in behind Acosta but the ball's got way too much oomph to it. 
19' Again, the freekick comes to nothing; this time Neymar curling it into the relieved arms of Keylor Navas. Poor sod, this Navas - however well he plays, his fanbase (at least the ones vocal on social media) will keep yearning for someone else. 
18' OH! Neymar gets absolutely clattered into - he flicked one superbly over Gamboa before Venegas and Borges come in at full pelt and smash into him. 
16' Neymar immediately goes up the other end and wins a foul - he himself takes the freekick but once again the Costa Rican  defence holds steady
15' OH! Costa Rica are moving forward with real intent and purpose. Ruiz looks to slither into the penalty box but is stopped by a lovely Casemiro tackle. Oviedo then looks to force the issue with a dink into the box, but Silva thumps it clear. A rather painful looking bump into the back from Guzmán on Neymar allows Brazil to breathe a touch easier. 
14' Apart from that freekick, I can't recollect Neymar touching the ball in this opening quarter of the hour. 
13' The Costa Ricans are holding their own here - and OH MY LORD! Cristian Gambao absolutely screams into the Brazilian box - by lord, he's fast - and cuts it back superbly to Borges. Taking it first time, he side-foots a nice looking shot just wide! Should have done better, there, should Borges!
10' Neymar takes, of course he does, but he elects to lift it into the box where Acosta beats Silva to it; and Costa Rica clear it in the uncompromising fashion. 
9' Brazil take the time to knock it around nicely before Willian steams into the box before trying to lay it to Jesus in the box. Ruiz looks to dribble his way out -- but a lovely tackle by Fagner on the edge of the Costa Rican box allows Brazil to win back possession; and then Ruiz is penalised for a poor retaliatory tackle. 
6' The Costa Ricans are stroking it around nicely; Oviedo and Ruiz combine down the left before looking to set up Guzmán; he's closed down but Gambao steams in from nowhere and has a godawful lash at it from thirty yards out. Horrible shot, sails into row Z. 
5' Urena looks to have a run at goal, but a superb tackle from Thiago Silva puts an end to all that riff-raff. Brazil move forward but immediately end up losing it. 
3' OH! Fagner takes a look up and sweeps a lovely ball into the box, early. Jesus takes a deft touch and looks to spin Duarte but the veteran holds his ground. The ball ricochets out to Coutinho - who absolutely larrumps it just over the crossbar
2' Willian dances across three challenges but is stopped by the fourth - the ref sees the pain writ large on the winger's face and blows for a freekick just past the half-way line
1' Bryan Oviedo and Willian tussle; Fagner steams in to give his mate a hand, but ends up conceding a throw-in. Onwards and upwards now, lads

Brazil in their change kits of blue and blue will kick from left to right as you'd see it on the telly.  Costa Rica in their pretty all-white will kick off in the polar opposite direction.

It has begun
Now that the anthems have been sung so vociferously, hands have been shaken and photographs have been taken. Thiago Silva (captain of the day - Tite continuing his rotation policy) and Bryan Ruiz stand over the coin toss now. Football is imminent. 
The flamboyant Brazilian anthem has rung out in all its splendour - and St. Petersburg rings out with the cheers of thousands clad in canary yellow. The Costa Ricans in the crowd aren't to be outdone, though, and sing vocally along with the tune the World Cup band's struck up. This one's got a lot more old-school, let's rouse our men to arms feel to it. 

The Brazilians have stepped out of the bus beaming, Neymar air-drumming a catchy-sounding beat on his travel case, Tite clapping along like your favourite drunk uncle at a mad, mad, wedding, Willian and Marcelo bobbing their magnificent afros in tune. 

Ah, Brazil. Never change.   
Some pre-match reading from me humble self, and it's got nothing to do with Brazil; and everything to do with the mortal enemy -- Who is the real villain here: Jorge Sampaoli, the AFA... or Lionel Messi?
Tite sticks with the Gabriel Jesus - loyalty's always been his dearest value - but the young man must perform today if he's to keep the in-form Roberto Firmino on the bench! Can he respond?

Meanwhile, Joel Campbell's enterprising cameo wasn't enough to convince Oscar Ramirez that he deserves a starting slot; but make no mistake, he shall come on sooner rather than later - and Brazil better be prepared.  
Brazil vs Costa Rica - CONFIRMED LINEUPS

Brazil (4-3-3): Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar

Costa Rica (3-5-2): Keylor Navas (GK); Cristian Gamboa, Oscar Duarte, Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo González, Bryan Oviedo; Celso Borges, David Guzman; Bryan Ruíz, Johan Venegas, Marco Urena
Brazil vs Costa Rica - Kickoff time, Venue, TV Schedule, Live Streaming details

Kickoff time:
3:00 PM Local Time | 9 PM UK | 5:30 PM IST (that's 1730 for you, soldier)
Venue: Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg
TV Schedule: Ten 2, Ten 2 HD in India, ITV in the UK, SuperSport in Nigeria, Fox in the US
Live Stream: Sonyliv - but why get in trouble at school/college/tuition/office? Just follow it on the low rig!

Brazil vs Costa Rica - Team News

Tite has a dilemma. For the first time since he's taken over, his charges look complacent, overtly arrogant, and a touch lazy - and to shake them out of it, he has to either motivate the current bunch of favourites or completely reshuffle things and push people from the periphery of the squad to the eye of the storm. Being the loyal, trusting, man that he is, Tite is likely to go ahead and name more or less the same starting lineup against Costa Rica today afternoon; but this just might the last chance for some members of the XI.

More or less the same starting lineup - Danilo is reported to have picked up a thigh strain in training and will be replaced by Fagner in the XI while Neymar's injury, or more accurately, pain in his right ankle seems to have subsided enough for him to slot right into that favoured left-wing post of his (no, no, do not begin to drag socialism, or its lack thereof in Neymar's being, into this discussion). Up top, it's likely that Gabriel Jesus will continue to get the nod ahead of the on-form Roberto Firmino

Óscar Ramírez, meanwhile, is likely to name the same starting XI he did against Serbia - with Bryan Oviedo coming in instead of ​ Francisco Calvo while the unimpressive Marco Urena may well still be persevered with - considering the coach looks at the mercurial Joel Campbell as more of an impact sub.

Brazil vs Costa Rica - Probable Lineups

Brazil Predicted XI (4-3-3)
: Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar

Costa Rica Predicted XI (5-2-3): Keylor Navas, Cristian Gamboa, Oscar Duarte, Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo González, Bryan Oviedo; Celso Borges, David Guzman; Bryan Ruíz, Johan Venegas, Marco Urena.

Brazil vs Costa Rica - Form Guide

(all competitions - most recent first)

Brazil: DWWWWW

Brazil showed none of the swagger of their qualification campaign during their opening against Switzerland... the result stemming from A Selecao's complacency and infuriatingly casual approach to the game as much as it did from the defensive diligence and supreme organisation of the Swiss 

Most recent game: 17/06/18: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland

Costa Rica: LLLWLW

The Costa Ricans showed brief glimpses of the talent and footballing magic they displayed to the world in 2014 but glimpses doth not make a World Cup campaign successful. They will need to pull up their socks altogether higher for the challenge that awaits them. A loss here, and they are out of the tournament.

Most recent game: 17/06/18: Serbia 1 - 0 Costa Rica

Brazil vs Costa Rica - Head to Head

If you are a Costa Rica fan, or an anti-Brazil-ite, look away. Right now.

Games Played: 10

Brazil Wins: 9

This is the third meeting between Brazil and Costa Rica at the World Cup, with the former inflicting Costa Rica's first-ever defeat on them at the tournament in 1990 (1-0), before a 5-2 victory in 2002

Costa Rica Wins: 1

That win came in a friendly in March... 1960.

Draws: That is but elementary [math], my dear Watson. Really, really, elementary

Costa Rica do have a touch of hope, though. Brazil are winless in three World Cup matches (Draws 1 Losses 2), their worst run since June 1978, when they went four matches without a win. But that '78 vintage was a really, really, poor one

Brazil vs Costa Rica - Prediction

There really should be only one winner. The form book, the strength on paper, common sense all dictate that Messrs. Neymar and Coutinho should walk away with it. As this World Cup has shown us, though, once the ball rolls, none of those things matter - expect Messrs Ruiz and co. to put up a mighty good fight. Prediction? Brazil 2 - 1 Costa Rica
assist: Douglas Costa
Gabriel Jesus
Philippe Coutinho
assist: Gabriel Jesus
J. Acosta
Y. Tejeda
D. Guzmán
Philippe Coutinho
F. Calvo
C. Gamboa
Roberto Firmino
C. Bolaños
M. Ureña
Douglas Costa
Costa Rica (3-4-2-1)
Óscar Antonio Ramírez Hernández (Manager)
João Miranda
Thiago Silva
Philippe Coutinho
Gabriel Jesus
K. Navas
Ó. Duarte
G. González
J. Acosta
B. Oviedo
D. Guzmán
C. Borges
C. Gamboa
B. Ruiz
J. Venegas
M. Ureña
Costa Rica (3-4-2-1)
Óscar Antonio Ramírez Hernández (Manager)
Brazil Subs
Roberto Firmino
Douglas Costa
Pedro Geromel
Filipe Luis
Ederson Moraes
Renato Augusto
Costa Rica Subs
R. Azofeifa
C. Bolaños
F. Calvo
J. Campbell
D. Colindres
K. Gutiérrez
L. Moreira
P. Pemberton
I. Smith
Y. Tejeda
R. Wallace
K. Waston
22 SHOTS 3
11 FOULS 11
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - Week 2
Stadium Saint-Petersburg Stadium
Match time Fri, 22 Jun 2018, 05:30 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2018 19:26 PM | Published: Jun 22, 2018 16:30 PM