While, Brazil made a frustrating start to the match, they slowly upped the tempo and got a firm grip in the second half although making not clear-cut chances for a goal. Surprisingly, Costa Rica stood firm against an impending Brazilian attack specially their keeper, Keylor Navas, who was no doubt the best performer for the under-dogs.
⚽️ 90+1 – Coutinho 🇧🇷— TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) June 22, 2018
⚽️ 90+7 – Neymar 🇧🇷
Heartbreak for Keylor Navas and Costa Rica… 💔 pic.twitter.com/VaEWWesonZ
Let us discuss the four most important features of the Brazil Vs Costa Rica match:
Coutinho: The Real Ice-Breaker For BrazilPhillipe Coutinho spared the blushes for Brazil after he scored the 91st minute winner for them. The former Liverpool star poked home from inside the penalty area and crushed the spirits of Costa Rica before Neymar tapping in the second and final goal for the Selecao. Costa Rica stood their ground until late when Firmino knocked down a great chance to Gabriel Jesus who turned it into Coutinho’s path to net the goal into the back of the net of Keylor Navas.
While the hype goes on Neymar to perform, it is actually this Barcelona man who delivers when the time comes. Not only yesterday in the Brazil Vs Costa Rica match, but also against Switzerland in the first round match and many other instances. It was Coutinho who netted the scorcher against the Swiss, saved Brazil from humiliation that day.
COUTINHO vs Costa Rica:— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 22, 2018
Successful passes: 80
Pass success: 92%
Chances created: 6
Keylor Navas: One Man ArmyIf not for this Real Madrid man, Costa Rica would have been knocked out a lot earlier in the Brazil Vs Costa Rica match. It looked like as if he stood alone against the deadly Brazilian attack and dared them to come at his goal. Brazil took as many as 22 shots on target with 10 on target but to no effect until Coutinho saved the day for Brazil with a stoppage time goal to break the ice.
Without a doubt, Keylor Navas was the Man of the Match for Costa Rica and not one has the right to question why. Keylor Navas delivered one of the best performances of his carreer. It was Navas who thwarted Brazil each time the ball got past his defenders and had answer to every Brazilian attack. This kind of performances got him three Man of the Match awards in Brazil last time and soon after Real Madrid came running. His performances in the previous World Cup in Brazil won him the CONCACAF Player Of The Year Award. This is also one of the main reasons why Real Madrid has three Champions League trophies on the trot.
Keylor Navas with a Man of the Match performance against Brazil. Unfortunate his side couldn’t claim a point:— SB (@Realmadridplace) June 22, 2018
4 duels won
2 fouls won pic.twitter.com/3cjgwQ9OUj
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Neymar Impactless AgainAlthough Neymar scored in yesterday’s win in the Brazil Vs Costa Rica encounter, his performance was not at all up to the mark. The expected impact of his presence is nowhere to be seen in the Brazilian team. He didn’t looked fully fit for the Brazil Vs Switzerland clash and it showed on the pitch. The physios deemed him fit for yesterday’s Brazil Vs Costa Rica match but the forward had very little impact on the match.
Neymar often found himself second best in his battle against Costa Rica full-back Cristian Gamboa, a player hasn’t played for Celtic since February. Moreover, he is slowing attacks and tries to focus more on showing-off and getting around defenders with no result. The PSG man looks nowhere near the man the world expected and looks anything but a Golden Ball contender at present. Neymar needs to improve fast with immediate effect if Brazil dosen’t want a repeat of the 2014 scare.
Neymar was denied a penalty after an outrageous dive, but Brazil still claimed victory with two late goals over Costa Rica. #BRACRC #WorldCup #Copa2018 (Pic: AP) https://t.co/yGyLQu0Qwl pic.twitter.com/C7P2lyO34J— ABC Grandstand (@abcgrandstand) June 23, 2018
Why Willian….Really? Look At Douglas CostaWhat players costs to the world’s biggest clubs matters less in modern day but if the player is really worth the money is what matters the most. The price may be any but at the end of the day will the player deliver. One such player is Willian, who repeatedly fails to perform let alone shine for the Brazilian team. With Jose Mourinho thinking to splash the cash for this Chelsea winger, it really is a point to think whether Willian deserves to be at the Theatre of Dreams. However, it is the manager who reserves the right to decide.
Willian, by any imagination is not a bad player, but surely has limitations. That is why Brazil head coach Tite should look at his other option – Douglas Costa. The forward has an amazing 2017-18 season for Juventus and even in yesterday’s Brazil Vs Costa Rica match, the onslaught began after he come on for Willian in the second half. With more creativity and intent to find space, he lowered the burden on the left flank and stretched out the Costa Rica defense. It gave Gabriel Jesus more space in the box. It finally depends on the manager to decide who plays ahead of whom, but in my pinion Tite should consider starting Costa instead of the ineffective Willian. Keep following Arsedevils for more news and updates on the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia. Kindly let us know your views on the topic in the comments section below
Douglas Costa completed 100% of his take-ons against Costa Rica:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 22, 2018
• 5 attempted
• 5 completed
He completed more than any other player on the pitch despite coming on at half-time. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ReY6JFvktn