Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 on Friday in their FIFA World Cup group E preliminary round football (soccer) match in Saint Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. Stoppage time goals from Coutinho and Neymar won it for Brazil eliminating Costa Rica.
The first half ended goalless. Sixty-eight minutes into the game, Brazil manager Tite introduced Liverpool star Roberto Firmino to the action in a side which already had the attacking qualities of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Douglas Costa, and Philippe Coutinho on the pitch.But it wasn’t until the 91st minute that Brazil was finally able to break Costa Rica’s valiant defence, when Coutinho met a ball bobbling on the edge of the six-yard box to prod beyond Keylor Navas.
After a second half of complete dominance, Brazil finally moved ahead thanks to a very opportunistic goal by Philippe Coutinho. A striker’s finish from the midfielder in injury time (90+1). After Firmino heads across goal, Gabriel Jesus mis-controls and Coutinho pokes the ball through the legs of Navas. 1-0 Brazil.
Neymar sidefoots home from Douglas Costa’s centre as Costa Rica, pushing forward for an equaliser, are caught on a slick breakaway. Neymar scored in injury time (90+7). 2-0 Brazil.
Neymar’s strike seven minutes into stoppage time was the latest ever at a World Cup in regular time.The goal was Neymar’s 56th for Brazil, taking him past 1994 hero Romario in his country’s list of all-time leading scorers.
Philippe Coutinho added not only a second goal to his haul at Russia 2018, but also a second man of the match award, having again been a creative hub for A Seleção.
Costa Rica Is eliminated from the World Cup. Costa Rica defended well and had several individual success stories. But Brazil are Brazil – they never stop attacking. And despite giving a great performance, Los Ticos fell to a painful defeat.
Brazil leads Group E, followed by Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica in that order. Costa Rica s eliminated because the result removes any possibility of Los Ticos advancing to the last 16. But they have gone down fighting.
Up next in Group E on June 27: Serbia plays Brazil in Moscow (Spartak) and Switzerland plays Costa Rica in Nizhny Novgorod
A total of 32 national football teams are participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in 11 cities across Russia between June 14 and July 15.
The teams were divided into eight groups, with four in each, and the top two from their relevant groups will proceed to the next round, known as the playoffs or the knockout stage, to keep vying for the much-coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Russia is holding its first time ever edition of the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14. The World Cup is being held at 12 arenas across 11 cities with the final set to be played at Luzhniki on July 15. The 11 host cities are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.