FIFA World Cup 2018, St Petersburg, highlights, Brazil win,Cost Rica eliminated

Hindustan Times | ByHimanshu Dhingra
Jun 22, 2018 07:40 PM IST

Get highlights of Brazil vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E match, here.Brazil win their first World Cup match in four as Costa Rica are eliminated.

Two stoppage time goals from Phillipe Coutinho and Neymar were enough for Brazil to beat Costa Rica in a Group E match of the World Cup. The second loss in a row for the Central Americans means they are eliminated form the tournament. The win was Brazil’s first in four World Cup matches and keeps their chances of reaching the knockout rounds in their own hands. However they will have to improve dramaticallyon Friday’s performace if they are to make it deep into the tournament. Selecao will next take on Serbia in their last group game of the World Cup, while Costa Rica will face Switzerland. Get highlights of Brazil vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E match, here. (FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE)

Get highlights of Brazil vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E match, here.Brazil win their first World Cup match in four as Costa Rica are eliminated.(REUTERS)
Get highlights of Brazil vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E match, here.Brazil win their first World Cup match in four as Costa Rica are eliminated.(REUTERS)

19:28 hrs IST: Full time in St Petersburg and Brazil take home all three points. Thanks for joining us.

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19:25 hrs IST: Goal! Neymar scores to make it 2-0 and Brazil are home and dry.

19:19 hrs IST: GOAL!! Brazil take the lead against Costa Rica! Coutinho scores in the added time to make it 1-0.

19:16 hrs IST: 6 minutes of added time.

19:16 hrs IST: Costa Rica cleverly taking time out of this game. Brilliant game management. 0-0.

19:12 hrs IST: Try and try as they might the ball just wouldn’t fall for Brazil. 0-0.

19:08 hrs IST: Brazil losing their cool. Neyamr and Coutinho booked for dissent.

19:07 hrs IST: Brazil fuming here, Penalty given by the referee but after looking at VaR he changes his decision. 0-0.

18:59 hrs IST: Another glaring miss by Neymar! He should have already wrapped this game up.

18:57 hrs IST: Close! Casemiro heads it straight at his Real Madrid teammate Keylor Navas.

18:55 hrs IST: Sub for Brazil, Firmino on for Paulinho, striker for midfielder. Tells you Brazil’s way of thinking.

18:54 hrs IST: Brazil getting more desperate, but they must not let Costa Rica sneak in at the back.

18:47 hrs IST: Game opening up and chances at either end but still no breakthrough in Sochi.

18:45 hrs IST: Two big chances squandered by Brazil, First Neymar blazes over then Coutinho hits it straight at the keeper. Much better though.

18:39 hrs IST: For all of Brazil’s shortcomings, one must credit Costa Rica for their resilience. To a man they have been outstanding.

18:39 hrs IST: Pretty poor from Brazil so far, Coutinho, Neymar and Jesus have all been poor. Brazil need to win this to get their 2018 campaign up and running.

18:36 hrs IST: Almost there for Brazil but Navas claims in the end. That was close, Brazil could have scored on two separate occasions.

18:33 hrs IST: Second half is underway, substitution for Brazil, Douglas Costa is on for Willian.

18:18 hrs IST: Half-time anad it’s goalless. Costa Rica will be much the happier team at the interval.

18:12 hrs IST: Marcelo tries his luck from distance but it’s comfortable for his Real Madrid teammate Keylor Navas

18:08 hrs IST: Brazil need to be fater and better if they are to unlock this resolute Costa Rica defence.

18:04 hrs IST: Not much has changed so far for Neymar he has been dished the same treatment and fouled on every possible occasion.

18:00 hrs IST: Brazil getting more incisive, but Costa Rica are holding on, on 2-3 separate occasions the door could have been unlocked.

17:54 hrs IST: Costa Rica are defending narrowly and trying to break on the counter, the strategy has worked a treat so far! Can they hold out for the 90 minutes?

17:51 hrs IST: 20 minutes gone and so far so good for Costa Rica, no major alarms, if any thing they have had the better chances.

17:48 hrs IST: Brazil dominating possession, nothing surprising there. Another free kick defended well by the Central Americans.

17:45 hrs IST: Costa Rica nearly steal the lead, effort by Borges goes narrowly wide.

17:42 hrs IST: Brazil Momentarily down to 10-men after Casemiro receives treatment on the side for a bloody nose.

17:41 hrs IST: Free-kick to Brazil after a foul on Willian amounts to nothing and Costa Rica clear. 0-0

17:37 hrs IST: Costa Rica’s turn now to keep possession, but only amounts to long range speculative shots.

17:34 hrs IST: Brazil keeping the possession comfortably at the back. Worth reiterating that Costa Rica, if they lose will be eliminated.

17:31 Hrs IST: Brazil in all blue, Costa Rica in all white.

17:30 Hrs IST: Time for some action and we have kick-off.

17:24 Hrs IST: The national anthems are being belted out in Sochi. Brazil first and then Costa Rica.

17:21 Hrs IST:Just one change for both sides for this all important match. Costa Rica if they lose will be eliminated.

17:20 Hrs IST: The Line-ups are in here is how the two teams will line-up

Brazil: Alisson; Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Coutinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar.

Costa Rica: Navas; Acosta, Gonzalez, Duarte; Gamboa, Borges, Guzman, Oviedo; Ruiz, Venegas; Urena.

If Brazil fail to beat Costa Rica they will equal their worst ever run of four win-less games in the World Cup finals, a run that spanned the 1974 and 1978 tournaments.

The two sides have met 10 times, with Brazil winning nine times. Brazil won 1-0 in their last meeting in September 2015.

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