-By Soul Sword-
This match saw yet another defensive gameplay and this time it was Costa Rica who was on the defensive. Though Neymar had an injury scare during practice, he had made it to Brazil’s final line up. 3 minutes into the game and Brazil’s Coutinho attempted a shot which went above the goal and was followed by Neymar’s free kick a few minutes later; which was defended by Costa Rica. Costa Rica had an open opportunity at 16’, which they failed to convert as it went wide of the goal. At 25’, after a series of passes, Jesus (Brazil) managed to score but it was ruled as an offside. Neymar kept earning free kicks for Brazil and every other minute Brazil kept attempting shots on goal but it was all in vain as they couldn’t penetrate Costa Rica’s defence. Brazil had the maximum ball possession but their passes were sloppy. It was Marcello’s third attempt at goal on the 40th minute which was saved by Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Navas. Costa Rica earned a Free kick at 45’ but didn’t score. At halftime, the score was 0-0.
The second half started and Neymar tried a shot but failed at 48’ after a series of passes. A minute later Jesus aimed a header but it hit the crossbar. There were a string of corners and free kicks which followed that Brazil failed to convert. At 78’, as a result of a tackle, Neymar earned a penalty for Brazil. The referee overturned his decision after consulting with VAR and decided against the penalty. After a succession of fouls and tackles that ended with Neymar, Coutinho and Acosta being yellow carded, it looked like the game was going to end in a goalless draw. 6 minutes of additional time was added to the game and Brazil’s Coutinho finally scored at 90’+1’ making the score 1-0. It was 30 seconds to full time when to the Brazillian supporters delight, Neymar scored the second goal for Brazil, bringing them to a handsome score of 2-0 at the end of the match. Brazil tirelessly tried to score throughout the match and was finally rewarded with a win in the end. Costa Rica did their best to defend but they failed to attempt enough shots at goal to create an impact, though their passes were better than their opponents. This match saw Costa Rica exiting the tournament while Brazil recorded its first win in the 2018 Fifa World Cup.