When: 22nd June 2018 – 17:30 IST
Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg
Head to Head
Brazil: 9 wins (90%)
Costa Rica: 1 win (10%)
Brazil: W W W W D (great form)
Costa Rica: L W L L L (poor form)
Costa Rica were beaten 1-0 by Serbia, courtesy Serbia captain Aleksandar Kolarov’s stunning free-kick. Brazil, on the other hand, were held 1-1 by Switzerland. Both the teams need a big win here and this is going to be nothing short of a thriller with Brazil having the upper hand.
Playing XI Probable:
Brazil: Alisson (GK), Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo (C), Casemiro, Paulinho, Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar Jr., Roberto Firmino
Costa Rica: Keylor Navas (GK), Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Oscar Duarte, Cristian Gamboa, Celso Borges, Daniel Colindres, Francisco Calvo, Bryan Ruiz (c), Johan Venegas, Marco Urena
Players to watch out for:
Danilo: He was the best player in the first match for Brazil where they drew against Switzerland. He will look to continue to attack the defenders to score.
Miranda: The Brazilian centre-back was involved in both boxes and even had a penalty appeal against him waved away. The tall Inter Milan defender will be eager to make his mark in this game and help his team keep a clean sheet.
Guzman: In the last game, Croatia did not have a shot on target till their 91st minute. So, it is unlikely that Guzman feature today.
Keylor Navas: After a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil needs a win desperately and their strikers will be hungry. Navas will be the crucial player for the team.