Brazil vs Costa Rica: 5 questions to ponder
Brazil and Costa Rica meet in St. Petersburg in Friday’s lunchtime kick-off. Can the Brazilians get their campaign back on track?
Brazil will head to St. Petersburg frustrated by an opening day performance that will leave many questioning their early credentials.
Having been held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland after an underwhelming performance, Tite’s side know the eyes of the world will be on them as they try to get back on track.
A stuttering attack, a disappointing midfield display and a defence that was breached all too easily: Brazil’s Sunday evening outing in a nutshell.
Costa Rica will also head to the north-western corner of Russia licking their wounds. An abject display saw the 2014 surprise package easily beaten by Serbia.
The level of togetherness, spirit and never-say-die attitude of four years ago is a quickly fading memory as the Central American nation face the prospect of being eliminated after only two matches.
Both sides have a point to prove on Friday, though from Brazil’s point of view, it can’t get any worse than 2014… surely?