Brazil perseverance paid-off in the added time as they overcame a stubborn Costa Rica defence to defeat them 2-0 and register their first victory in the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Saint Petersburg stadium on Friday. Brazil, thus went on top of Group E, with a victory and a draw. The Brazilians dominated possession in the first half but organized Costa Rica defense kept the former away from scoring as both teams were goal-less at the half-time in their second match of the tournament. The first half of the match was quite eventful with Brazilian attack breaching Costa Rican defense on multiple occasions but failed to net the ball. Meanwhile, Costa Rica, looked dangerous on the counter. On a couple of occasions, the team got into the Brazilian box but couldn’t make much of the opportunity. Sidelining injury woes, Neymar featured in the playing Xi but looked rusty of the pitch. Solid defense from Costa Rica was the highlight in the first half against superstar Neymar-led Brazilian side.
Highlights of 2018 FIFA World Cup, Brazil vs Costa Rica From Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia
19:25 IST: FULL-TIME! Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica
19:24 IST: 90+6 minutes! GOAL! Neymar gets his first World Cup 2018 goal! Brilliant cross from Silva and Neymar finishes it off with perfection.
19:20 IST: 90+3 minutes: That should have been another goal for Brazil and Coutinho but he MISSES!
19:17 IST: 90+1 minutes: GOAL! Coutinho scores for Brazil in added time. Costa Rica are devastated.
19:16 IST: 90 minutes are up! SIX minutes of added time.
19:10 IST: 83rd minute! Substitution for Costa Rica! Y. Tejeda comes in to replace d. Guzman
19:07 IST: 80th minute! Neymar Booked! Yellow card for him. 10 minutes to go as both teams are still at 0-0. 64,438 fans at the Saint Petersburg Stadium still waiting for the first goal.
19:04 IST: 77 minute! VAR in action! No foul no penalty! After initially pointing to the spot in favor of Brazil, referee has changed the decision.
18:58 IST: 71st minute! Neymar hides his face after the miss. It was Neymar vs the goal-keeper and the ball goes into the crowd from the left of the goal-post .
18:56 IST: 68th minute! Brilliant tackle from Oviedo. Corner for Brazil. Cleared!
18:54 IST: 67th minute! Another substitution for Brazil! Firmino comes IN to replace Paulinho.
18:52 IST: 25 minutes to go! Brazil still struggling to score even after having 67 percent of the possession. Terrific defense from Costa Rica.
18:50 IST: 63 minutes! Brilliant attacking effort from Brazil. Neymar and Jesus are hassling the Costa Rica defense but just not able to find the net. Score still at 0-0.
18:45 IST: 59th minute. Corner for Costa Rica! Cleared!
18: 42 IST: 55th minute! That was the best opportunity of the match so far for Brazil but the captain misses this time. Neymar is furious with himself as he hits the ball over the goal-post.
18:36 IST: 50 minutes on the clock! Brazilian are looking really aggressive now! Neymar with a corner. Cleared!
18:34 IST: Opportunity missed! Neymar fails to score. Collision between Costa Rica goal-keeper and Neymar and he is down.
18;31 IST: Substitution for Brazil right at the start of second half! Willian is out Douglas Costa replaces him for Brazil.
18:31 IST: Second-half begins.
18:46 IST: HALFTIME! Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica
18:45 IST: 45 minutes are up! 1 minute of added time.
18:14 IST: Off-side once again for Brazil. This time its Neymar.
18:10 IST: 5 minutes left! Brazil dominating possession but Costa Rica looking dangerous on the counter. Both seams are still goal-less as we approach half-time.
18:05 IST: 10 minutes left in the first half. Brazil have breached the Costa Rica defense on multiple occasions but have failed to score. It has been a brilliant display of defense from the latter. Score still 0-0.
18:03 IST: Willian with the curling kick but the ball ends-up Wide.
18:01 IST: Another off-side for Brazil. Second from Jesus.
18:00 IST: 30 minutes up! Brazil are looking more menacing now. They are continuously breaching Costa Rica defense but are just not able to find the net. Both teams still goal-less.
17:55 IST: Disappointment for Brazil, disappointment for Marcelo. That was a brilliant run, ball goes into the net fir Brazil but Jesus is off-side.
17:53 IST: Another free-kick from outside the box for Brazil. Cleared! by the Costa Rica defense.
17:46 IST: Free-kick taken by Marcelo. Cleared by the goal-keeper.
17:45 IST: 15 minutes are up. Costa Ricans are now looking confident. Two breaches in last two minutes inside Brazilian half.
17:43 IST: That was just wide from Borges. Brilliant passing from the Costa Ricans inside Brazilian half. Opportunity missed by the Costa Ricans.
17:38 IST: Free kick for Brazil from just outside the box. Neymar is all set. Cleared by the Costa Rican defense.
17:35 IST: Brazil have played quite aggressively in the opening minutes of the game. Majority possession has been with the Brazilians and the ball in the Costa Rican half.
17:33 IST: Coutinho with first shot of the match but the ball goes over.
17:32 IST: Brazil are just settling in with some passes in the middle of the park without any attacking intent.
17:30 IST: KICKOFF
17:27 IST: We are now moments away from the kick off.
17:24 IST: The teams are out on the pitch and their respective National Anthems are being played.
16:45 IST: Sidelining injury woes, Neymar is in the starting XI for Brazil against Costa Rica.
16:35 IST: Starting XI for both the teams announced.
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