Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Firmino helps Brazil to late win over Costa Rica

Firmino helps Brazil to late win over Costa Rica

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They face Costa Rica in St Petersburg needing a win after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their opening game.

Coverage begins at 7 am ET on Thursday with Brazil and Costa Rica at Saint Petersnurg Stadium.

The cat was put amongst the pigeons in Group D last night as Croatia stormed to a 3-0 win against Argentina, and that leaves Iceland and Nigeria with a huge opportunity to progress to the knockout round.

The Nigerian team is the youngest in the World Cup with an average age of just below 26, and although it is the most populous nation in Africa with some 185 million people, the team has never advanced past the round of 16.

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A tactical game with some touches of "Jogo Bonito" from both sides, ultimately Costa Rica knew the only way to stop Brazil's exceptional striking options was with experience and tactical discipline across the board. "If we don't focus on Nigeria and don't get a result there, then that (Argentina) point is no use for anyone".

Finally, Serbia takes on Switzerland in the last match of the day.

Switzerland came out with an impressive draw against Brazil and will look to keep the momentum going against Serbia.

The injury has left Brazil fans fearing a repeat of the 2014 World Cup, where Neymar's tournament was ended when he suffered a back injury in the quarter-final win over Colombia. While Ureña acknowledged Brazil won't be easy, he was confident his team could reprise the magic from four years ago.

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