Firmino helps Brazil to late win over Costa Rica

Sherman Parsons
June 22, 2018

Supporters were in for a surprise on Friday as Brazil and Costa Rica walked out for their World Cup Group E clash in St. Petersburg wearing away colours despite no apparent clash in their home kits.

This should be a comfortable victory for the Brazilians and 4/6 for them to do it by more than a one goal margin seems fair.

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.

Neymar was forced to leave Brazil's training session in Sochi early on Tuesday with a sore ankle, according to team officials.

The Brazilian soccer federation said Thursday that Neymar is just fine and posted photos and a video of him practicing Wednesday with the rest of the squad. Costa Rica have none and crashed out of the competition.

A Seleção controlled the game from start to finish, averaging two-thirds of possession while largely camped in the Costa Rican half.

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Serbia is on dark horse status after their impressive win against Costa Rica in the first group game.

We'll get to that in a moment. He's the team's best player, and if Brazil plans to do anything in this tournament, Neymar is going to have to play a key role.

Brazil has just one point after their first game draw against Switzerland.

"If we do the math and start playing for a draw then it will not be successful", captain Aleksandar Kolarov said.

Even though it appeared the star embellished, it still must have been frustrating for the man tasked with delivering another World Cup to Brazil.

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