LIVE: Brazil Faces Upstart Costa Rica in World Cup Group E Clash

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Follow along for live updates and highlights of goals and key plays as Brazil faces Costa Rica in the World Cup group stage.

Brazil was battered by Switzerland and held to a draw in its World Cup opener, and it will be seeking all three points to feel better about its Group E standing in Russia when it faces group upstart Costa Rica on Friday in Saint Petersburg.

In his side’s first match, Neymar suffered 10 fouls on his own, as the Swiss opted for a physical brand of defending to stifle the powerful Seleção. Costa Rica has been known to frustrate opponents while being tough to break down, too, and Brazil will be hoping to unlock Los Ticos with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Willian joining the PSG superstar.

Costa Rica’s 2014 quarterfinal run has given the nation more respect on the international stage, but after a loss to Serbia in the opener, the Concacaf nation has a taller task ahead if it is to stay in contention to return to the knockout rounds.

Stay tuned here for live updates and highlights of key plays from throughout the match (refresh for most recent updates).

Here are the lineups for both teams:

Here are the rosters for both sides:


Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Man City), Cassio (Corinthians)

Defenders: Danilo (Man City), Fagner (Corinthians), Thiago Silva (PSG), Miranda (Inter), Marquinhos (PSG), Pedro Geromel (Gremio), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fernandinho (Man City), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Fred (Shakhtar), Willian (Chelsea)

Forwards: Neymar (PSG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Taison (Shakhtar)

Manager: Tite


Goalkeepers: Leonel Moreira (Herediano), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (LDA)

Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Aguilas Dorados), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Ronald Matarrita (NYCFC), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Midfielders: Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Christian Bolanos (Saprissa), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne), Rodney Wallace (NYCFC)

Forwards: Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (LAFC), Johan Venegas (Saprissa)

Manager: Oscar Ramirez

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