Brazil entered the tournament as one of the biggest favourites to win the World Cup trophy on July 15 in Moscow. But facing Switzerland on matchday 1, not everything went according to plans for the Seleção.
Brazil faced a well organised Switzerland side, and despite going up by a goal early when Philippe Coutinho scored in the 20th minute the Nati were able to fight back and equalize the score in the 50th. It would end up being the final result giving Brazil a less than ideal start to the tournament.
It is a mistake Brazil are unlikely to repeat when they face Costa Rica on matchday 2 in St. Petersburg. Costa Rica were one of the surprise packages four years ago, and the tiny CONCACAF Nation are one of the best organised national teams on the planet. At the same time, the Ticos struggled against Serbia on matchday 1 and were eventually undone by an Aleksandar Kolarov freekick that secured Serbia the three points.
As a result, Costa Rica have it all to play for on matchday 2. Los Ticos will have to go for at least a point to have an outright chance of making it out of the group on the final matchday against Switzerland.
Brazil vs Costa Rica – Match Stats
- Brazil have won nine out of ten matches against Costa Rica – the only defeat came in a friendly in March 1960.
- Brazil and Costa Rica will face each other for the third time at a World Cup. Brazil won the first match at the World Cup in 1990 by 1-0 and then the second match at the 2002 FIFA World Cup 5-2.
- Costa Rica have only won one match against South American opposition – four years ago against Uruguay. Before that, they lost three matches against South American opposition