Brazil (Zero-1-Zero, 1 level) vs. Costa Rica (Zero-Zero-1, Zero factors)
Group E, St. Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg
Full time: Brazil 2, Costa Rica Zero
Well, that was one thing. Brazil had a shot hit the publish. It had a penalty shot awarded after which un-awarded. It had possession for almost the whole lot of the second half. So what if it took two stoppage-time targets to place down Costa Rica, who at the moment are eradicated from stoppage-time competition after their second straight scoreless loss. They’re going to take the win on a day when the ref was conserving his whistle in his pocket an getting old Costa Rica workforce weathered nearly every thing till solely minutes remained.
Yes, Neymar acted like a petulant little one as his frustration with the officiating acquired one of the best of him. But he additionally bore the brunt of Costa Rica’s tackles and by no means stopped his assault. It was Neymar being Neymar.
Brazil: vs. Serbia in Moscow, June 27, 2 p.m.
Costa Rica: vs. Switzerland in Nizhny-Novgorod, June 27, 2 p.m.
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It’s the dagger for Brazil in the 97th minute as Costa finds Neymar for a much-earned aim, simply earlier than the tip. This’ll finish 2-0. Neymar is in tears after the whistle.
Coutinho collects the ball in the field after a tip from Jesus and Navas can’t cease this one in the 91st minute. Brazil is up 1-Zero and the celebration suggests a a lot greater win than a World Cup group-stage match.
Down goes Tite!
He nearly did it once more about three minutes later, however his close-in shot is excessive and broad.
Penalty shot overturned!
At lengthy final, after a lot politicking, Neymar will get a name as he’s dragged down by Gonzales in the field. Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers goes to the video to ensure Neymar wasn’t embellishing and … he overturns his personal name! (Neymar gave it a overly dramatic promote, sure.)
In the 81st minute, Neymar slams the ball to the turf throughout a stoppage in play and will get the yellow. Coutinho acquired one, too. The boiling level has been reached.
Kuipers shouldn’t count on a Christmas card from Neymar this yr. Or, frankly, from anybody in Brazil.
Ticos accomplished with subs
Costa Rica makes second substitution in the 75th minute as Francisco Calvo comes on for Cristian Gamboa. In the 83rd minute, Yeltsin Tejeda comes on for David Guzman.
Brazil’s second sub
Roberto Firmino enters for Paulinho, in the 67th minute. Moments later, Casimiro’s header off a nook kick is straight at Navas.
Then, with area to roam after a Costa Rican try is halted and a nasty Tico contact provides the ball away, Neymar’s try from 25 yards goes inches proper. He had Navas beat, however the intention was simply broad.
Costa Rica shakes issues up
Christian Bolanos, turning into the primary Costa Rican to look in three World Cups, comes on to interchange Marco Urena.
So. Many. Chances.
Brazil is getting proper to it, first by batting the ball across the field. Navas took a knee to the midsection from Neymar as he corralled the ball. He appeared to be a minimum of momentarily in ache.
Then, moments later, Jesus had Navas overwhelmed however not the publish. His header bangs off — and Coutinho’s strike on the rebound is booted away by Navas — and we stay scoreless.
A change for Brazil
Willian is off, Douglas Costa is on for Brazil as we start the second half.
Brazil is controlling possession (round 65 %) however hasn’t been capable of piece collectively a really sturdy scoring likelihood. Costa Rica had a couple of minor probabilities to get numbers on the counter-attack however they didn’t have a lot urgency behind them.
Quite a few Costa Rica’s fouls have been dedicated on Neymar — hey, it appears to be the factor to do — and he had some phrases for Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers earlier than getting pulled away by his teammates as he was heading to the locker room.
Ticos merely holding on
Costa Rica, in its uncommon forays with possession, appears content material to tinker with the ball at midfield till Brazil inevitably takes it away. Just looks like they’re attempting to stem the tide proper now.
Marcelo seems to attain in the 26th minute however the offside flag was up. No aim. Proper name. Moments later, Neymar has a run in however Navas breaks it up. Brazil, significantly Neymar, beginning to buzz right here with runs down the left aspect. Marcelo sends a shot simply broad in the 29th minute.
Neymar fouled once more. And Again.
In the 15th minute, the oft-fouled Neymar will get his foot stepped on throughout a problem by David Guzman. He’s down however then up. It’s his left foot, not the troublesome proper. Two minutes later, he’s fouled once more by Johan Venegas after a nifty transfer.
Seven fouls for Costa Rica in the primary 23 minutes.
Casemiro attempting to cease the bleeding
Casemiro took a ball to the nostril and needed to come off to cease the bleeding. With Brazil right down to 10 males, Costa Rica pushes ahead and Celso Borges sends a superb try on to Alisson. It goes simply broad.
Remember Fagner’s celebration?
Fagner has had the ball on his toes a couple of occasions already in his first-ever World Cup match. Remember when he came upon he made the workforce in May? Good stuff right here:
Both groups carry an air of unease into their second group-stage match. Brazil has needed to spend the times since its opening draw with Switzerland answering questions on its subpar efficiency and harm considerations about Neymar. Costa Rica, in the meantime, has been roiled by alleged intrasquad tiffs: According to the Tico Times, an obvious follow argument between gamers Johan Venegas and Giancarlo González was broadcast on a stay feed earlier than it was taken down. Meanwhile, the gamers maybe are sad with Coach Oscar Ramírez and allegedly really feel like star goalkeeper Keylor Navas isn’t being one of the best teammate. With Brazil on faucet, none of that may be seen as supreme. Costa Rica wants a minimum of a draw to maintain its knockout-round hopes alive.
Brazil is now on a three-game winless streak on the World Cup, courting to 2014. The final time they went 4 video games and not using a win: 1974-78.
Brazil: Alisson; Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Fagner; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho, Willian; Jesus, Neymar
Costa Rica: Navas; Acosta, Gonzalez, Duarte, Oviedo, Gamboa; Borges, Ruiz, Guzman; Venegas, Urena
Of notice: Yes, Neymar is in the beginning 11 for Brazil, which is also changing an injured Danilo with Fagner (making his first-ever World Cup look and taking part in in solely his fifth-ever worldwide recreation). Costa Rica slots in Bryan Oviedo for Francisco Calvo.
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