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WORLD CUP 2018: Brazil Vs Costa Rica, LIVE

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A tough match awaits Brazil in their second fixture of World Cup 2018

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Updated On:
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FULL TIME: Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica
 

90' + 7': GOAL! Neymar scores a tap in after Douglas Costa puts the ball on the plate for him.
 

90' + 4': What a chance! Firmino has the chance to make it 2-0 after some brilliant one-two with Coutinho. But the Liverpool man fluffs his line when he needed composure.
 

90' + 2': Brazil make their final change, as Fernandinho replaces Jesus.
 

90' + 1': GOAL! Marcelo puts a cross in the box, and Firmino gets the header to it. The ball is cushioned down by Jesus, and amongst all the defenders, Coutinho is the first to reach, and dispatch the ball in the end.
 

90': SIX MINUTES ADDED ON! 
 

87': Good play from Douglas Costa on the right, before he lays the ball on the edge of the box for Casemiro. His effort is a good one, but straight at Navas.
 

83': Final change by Costa Rica. Guzman is replaced by Tejeda.
 

81': Two yellow cards in space of a second. First it's Neymar, for his dissent, and then Coutinho for showing his displeasure.
 

79': The referee is going to use the help of VAR! And he has reversed the decision!
 

78': PENALTY! Neymar is fouled inside the area, as he was about to take an effort on goal.
 

75': Second change by Costa Rica. Calvo replaces Gamboa.
 

72': Big miss from Neymar! The Costa Rican defense fails to clear a through ball, and it falls to the feet of Neymar. The PSG man has space to run ahead of him, but chooses to take the strike 20 yards from the goal. His curler is just wide of the post.
 

69': Corner for Brazil. Neymar gets the ball, and is nearly through on goal. But a last ditch challenge saves the day for Costa Rica.
 

68': It's a very attacking change. The Liverpool forward replaces center midfielder Paulinho.
 

67': Brazil are preparing their second change. Roberto Firmino is prepared, and getting his final instructions.
 

58': Another chance! Douglas Costa torments the defender on the right side, and plays a lovely cross in the box. Paulinho knows he can't score, so he passes it for Coutinho, but his effort is straight at Navas.
 

56': Brilliant save! Paulinho gets down the right side, and puts a low cross in the box, where Neymar seems destined to score. But a fingertip save by Navas stops the ball from entering the net.
 

54': First change for Costa Rica. Urena makes way for Bolanos.
 

50': The ball isn't away from the danger area, and falls to Coutinho. His effort is blocked by the defender.
 

49': Off the bar! A brilliant cross comes in the Brazil box by Fagner, but the header by Jesus hits the woodwork. Meanwhile, Brazil had made one change during half time. Willian was taken off, and replaced by Douglas Costa
 

HALF TIME: Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica
 

45' + 1': Free kick for Costa Rica on the right side, with just seconds to go. Guzman takes the set piece, but it's a poor one.
 

45': One minute added on!
 

41': Marcelo has another go! The left back does a step over, and shifts the ball to his right foot, and has an effort from 25 yards out. But it's a comfortable save for his Real teammate Navas.
 

38': Corner for Brazil! Marcelo pings a brilliant cross field ball towards Willian. The winger takes on the defender, and tries to put a ball in the box, but it's blocked away for a corner.
 

34': Willian has a go from his left foot, but it's well wide. The winger, playing on the right, shifted the ball to his weaker foot and had a go, but his effort was poor.
 

31': Another brilliant play by Neymar! The PSG man does brilliantly on the left wing, and puts in a great chipped cross in the box for Jesus. But the defense deals with with it. The striker was offside anyway.
 

30': High from Coutinho! The dazzling playmaker has the ball in the very same area from where he scored against Switzerland. But his effort this time is wayward.
 

29': Marcelo has another go from the edge of the area, but it's wide again. The left back is getting lot of space on the left wing.
 

27': A lovely ball over the top by Coutinho finds Neymar through on goal, but his first touch is poor, and allows Keylor Navas to make a sliding block.
 

26': GOAL! But it's offside! Marcelo has a go from the edge of the area, but his miscued shot falls kindly for Jesus, who takes one touch and dispatches the ball in the net. Though, he was a yard offside there, and the official spotted it.
 

24': Brazil, despite having arguably the best front four in the tournament, have struggled to create a meaningful chance. Jesus and Willian have been anonymous, whereas Coutinho and Neymar haven't been any better.
 

18': Another foul on Neymar. He produces a brilliant skill on the left wing, and is away, but Venegas stops him illegally. 
 

16': Second foul on Neymar within a minute, and he looks frustrated. Remember, he was fouled 10 times against Switzerland.
 

13': Good chance for Costa Rica! Brilliant play on the right side by Gamboa, and the ball is cut back. But the effort from Borges is wide.
 

9': Free kick for Brazil! William is fouled 25 yards out. Neymar is over it.
 

8': Brazil have the early possession, as they keep passing the ball across the park.
 

3': Chance for Coutinho! He gets the ball in the middle of the park, and has a go from 25 yards out.  But it is well over.
 

2': Marcelo was the skipper in the first match, but the armband has been passed to Thiago Silva. Brazil head coach Tite continues to change his captain.
 

And they are underway!
 

Less than 10 mins to go for the big kick off!
 

Here are the two teams!
 


A tough match awaits Brazil in their second fixture of World Cup 2018. After a disappointing 1-1 draw against Switzerland, they now take on Costa Rica, who are no pushovers. A win is must for the five-time champions, otherwise they will look down at a possible early exit.


The first round of fixtures of World Cup 2018 have ended, and they sprung in quiet a few surprises. Many of the teams, who headed into the tournament as favorites, were given harsh reality check. As for the underdogs, they have lit up the tournament with their heartwarming displays.

Russia kicked of the tournament with a thumping 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the first match of the competition. The other match in the Group A saw Uruguay beat Egypt 1-0 thanks to a late late goal by Jose Gimenez.

The Group B saw real excitement in the very first game, which arguably turned out to be the match of the tournament. UEFA Euro 2016 winners Portugal and World Cup 2010 champions Spain ended 3-3, and had every element of drama and action in it..Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick, as he brought his team back from death to salvage a point. 

In the other match of their group, Iran narrowly defeated Morocco 1-0.

One of the front-runners to claim the trophy, France were frustrated by Australia in a thrilling encounter, but they came out victorious 2-1 to a 80th minute own goal. There wasn't similar luck for Argentina and Brazil in their respective groups,as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland and Switzerland respectively.

The shocker of the tournament came in the form of Germany's 1-0 defeat to Mexico. The 2014 champions were outplayed and outperformed by the South American side.

In Group G, Belgium comfortably beat debutantes Panama 3-0, but England needed a stoppage time winner to overcome a stubborn Tunisia side. 

The final day of the first round of fixtures saw the biggest upsets. 2014's fairytale team Colombia were stunned 2-1 by Japan. And following that match, Poland, led by Robert Lewandowski, were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Senegal.

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