MOSCOW: Bouncing back from a disappointing 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their tournament opener on June 17, Brazil saved their second game with two injury-time goala over Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg.
After dominating for 90 minutes but finding frustration from Costa Rica’s dogged defense and keeper Keylor Navas, Brazil finally broke through on a goal by Philippe Coutinho in the 91st minute. Neymar added another goal in 97th minute to give the world cup favourites a 2-0 win.
In the second half of the game, Brazil was awarded a spot-kick but the penalty decision was overturned after an on-field video review by the referee, according to TAZZ news agency.
Costa Rica were looking for their first win in the tournament as they came off in the clash on the back of a shocking 0-1 defeat against Serbia on a free-kick goal. Prior to this match, the two sides had met each other twice in the World Cups with Brazil winning both the encounters.
And Brazil once again managed to repeat their heroics over Costa Rica with a convincing two injury-time goals.
Brazil has secured its first win at the FIFA World Cup and is now at the top of Group E with four points after two matches. Serbia is placed second with three points but is yet to play its second game later on Friday against Switzerland, which is in the third place. Costa Rica is at the bottom of the Group, after losing both matches and its chances for getting into the World Cup’s knockout stage.
In its next match, Brazil will take on Serbia at the Spartak stadium in Moscow. In the concluding match of the group stage, Costa Rica will play against Switzerland in Nizhny Novgorod. Both matches will be held on June 27 and will begin at 9:00 p.m. Moscow time.
With inputs from agencies
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