Brazil vs Costa Rica
Next up is a battle between two Group-E teams on the 9th day of the FIFA World Cup. Placed on the second spot in the league table Brazil will be up against bottom-placed Costa Rica. One of the pre-tournament favorites Brazil did not start their campaign the way they would have wanted as they drew level against Switzerland in their opening game.
When: June 22th, 05:30 PM IST
Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium
The story was a bit different for Costa Rica as they went down against Serbia by 0-1 in their opening game. Prominence was shown from the two sides, but eventually, Serbia came on top with a narrow finish.
Nothing less than a win is required for Brazil as their first game ended in a draw which certainly means a win is the only way to propel their chances to go into the last 16 otherwise things can become really tough for them.
Star striker Neymar Jr will be a doubtful starter in this game but he was back in training on Wednesday after tweaking his ankle a day before, and the clouds of doubt are indeed roaming over him whether he will make it to the playing eleven or not. Neymar left the Rostov arena limping in pain but he assured the media that there is nothing to worry about, and after he appeared in the training area for Brazil there was a sigh of relief for his fans.
The twitter page of Brazil posted a video which showed Neymar taking full part in the ongoing training session and his speed and endurance were usual as always. The video had a caption which said, ” Neymar’s working on his training this Wednesday in Sochi! Preparation continues for the second round of the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, if somehow Neymar is unable to feature in the eleven, Brazilian coach Tite has several options for his replacement, but the best one is the Liverpool's forward Roberto Firmino.
Now, Let's have a brief discussion over the head to head encounters between the two sides, these two have collided ten times prior to this where Brazil came on top on 9 occasions only losing once in a friendly in March 1960.
Recent form, Brazil: WWWWD
Costa Rica: LWLLL
Where to watch Brazil vs Costa Rica?
You can watch the telecast of Brazil vs Costa Rica on Sony Sports Network/HD and web platform is Sonyliv.com.