Very active during the encounter, Neymar was closely tightened by the Ticos. The Parisian, whose ankles have surely suffered a little, has however often sought to add to it. At the 78th, he picked “Pipo” Gonzalez who put his hand on his chest. Neymar fell down in slow motion, in a dramatic way, and the referee gave him a penalty. But his video assistant told him that the fault was too slight to grant such a sentence and he overturned his decision. To Neymar’s Fury, who would have done better to continue his action than to look for a penalty.
Brazil had missed its entry into the competition against Switzerland (1-1) and it came very close to a new counter-performance against Costa Rica. When the assistant referee indicated six minutes of added time, the score was still 0-0 between the two teams. The solid and solid Ticos then cracked. They allowed Marcelo to Center to find Firmino whose discount found Coutinho’s race, and strike, at point-blank range (90 ‘ +1). A few minutes later, Casemiro ruled out Douglas Costa. The Juventus player came on at the break and saw Neymar, alone in front of the empty goal. The Parisian, visibly crushed by the pressure, ended the meeting in tears…
As against Serbia, Costa Rica was clumsy on its few occasions. In the background, Borges did not frame when he was alone (13th). Very interesting, Bryan Ruiz has often allowed his block to go up to pose problems to the Seleçao. But the passage to the 4-4-2 of Brazil with the entry of Firmino and the exit of Paulinho (68’) hurt the Ticos.
The man : Navas still impressive
Very good against Serbia, Keylor Navas ended up losing with his team (0-1). Against Brazil’s offensive armada, Real Madrid’s goalkeeper was in great demand. He kept his team afloat, taking 23 shots (nine on target). He was well out in Neymar’s feet at the 27th and was always vigilant on the strikes from afar (Marcelo at the 41st, Coutinho at the 58th). At 56th, he slammed over his bar a retake behind Neymar. Reassuring in the air, very well assisted by a heroic defense, he bowed twice in stops. Cruel.