vs. Location: Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg Brazil roster: Goleiros: Alisson (Roma) Cássio (Corinthians) Ederson (Manchester City) Laterais: Danilo (Manchester City) Filipe Luís (Atlético de Madrid) Marcelo (Real Madrid) Fagner (Corinthians) Zagueiros: Marquinhos (PSG) Miranda (Inter de Milão) Thiago Silva (PSG) Geromel (Grêmio) Meio-campistas: Casemiro (Real Madrid) Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan) Fernandinho (Manchester City) Paulinho (Barcelona) Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) Willian (Chelsea) Fred (Shakhtar) Atacantes: Neymar (PSG) Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Douglas Costa (Juventus) Taison (Shakhtar) With an disappointing 1-1 score against Switzerland in its debut behind, Brazil seeks three points enroute to a berth in the round of 16 against Costa Rica. As a member of CONCACAF, Costa Rica is not a team that faces Brazil often. Most on this board will remember the frenetic pace of their last World Cup encounter - the 3rd game in the group stage of the 2002 World Cup, when Brazil scored 5 goals and allowed 2 in what British magazine FourFourTwo qualified as "attacking Latin American football at its best - from both sides." Although Costa Rica is not a soccer powerhouse, it has good memories of the 2014 World Cup. It scored 3 goals in its debut, granting Uruguay its first-ever World Cup defeat to a team from outside South America and Europe. The Costa Ricans then achieved an impressive result by beating Italy 1-0, and with the 0-0 draw vs. England (which lost two matches and was already out), the Costa Rican team shocked the world by not only reaching the round of 16, but by being the group winner. From there, two draws (1-1 vs. Greece and 0-0 vs. Holland). The Central Americans won on PKs 5-3 and lost on PKs 3-4. Costa Rica's delegation returned home proudly, having being beaten only on penalty kicks by a perennial powerhouse, who went on to finish in third place, and undefeated. 4 years later, Costa Rica returns to the World Cup in its 5th appearance. It participated in 3 cups since 2014 - the 2015 and 2017 Gold Cups and 2016's Copa América Centenário - an extra time 1-0 quarterfinal loss to Mexico in 2015, a 2-0 defeat to the United States in the semifinals in 2017, and a first-round exit in 2016. Costa Rica played a spirited match vs. Serbia, but ultimately lost to the eastern Europeans, and if the Central Americans are going to have a fighting chance to reach the round of 16, they will have to pull the greatest upset in their history – a victory against Brazil in World Cup competition. Brazilian fans were certainly frustrated with the 1-1 result on June 17th, but they know that not all is lost. The 4-5 days between group stage matches grants managers time to train, to rethink ideas, and to test new systems and lineups. Brazil’s defense, save for the grotesque error in the Swiss goal, was mostly solid today, so it’s unlikely the backline will be different. Costa Rica will have the burden to attack as it has no points, but do not be surprised if Costa Rica bunkers and tries to counterattack. Brazil is likely to be set up to go for the attack and the goal early on as occurred today. The following was Costa Rica's starting XI vs. Serbia: Keylor Navas; Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo González e Óscar Duarte; Cristian Gamboa, Bryan Ruiz, Celso Borges, David Guzmán (Daniel Colindres), Johan Venegas (Christian Bolaños) e Francisco Calvo; Marco Ureña (Joel Campbell). Técnico: Óscar Ramírez.