Poor debut for Brazil: they could barely draw 0-0 against Costa Rica

Brazil had a weak Copa América debut, since despite having the leading role and creating several goal situations, it was barely able to draw 0-0 against Costa Rica, in a match played at the SoFi Stadium in California, for the first date of the Group D of the Copa América 2024, which takes place in the United States.

The Brazilian team had chances to open the scoring, but they squandered them, and even the Mexican referee César Arturo Ramos annulled, at the request of the VAR, a controversial goal scored by Marquinhos, at 29 minutes of the first half, due to an advanced position by Rodrygo, who I had assisted him in combing the ball.

Group D is led by Colombia with 3 points, Brazil and Costa Rica have 1 and Paraguay closes without units.

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The “verdeamarelho” team will face the “guaraní” team this Friday, starting at 10:00 p.m., while the Central American team will do the same on the same day, but at 7:00 p.m., against the “coffee” team.

Brazil started with everything and had the leading role against a rival who waited for them on their field, ready to try to score a counterattack.

Already in the 11th minute, Rodrygo missed it, receiving a pass from Lucas Paquetá and after eluding the defenders in the area, he took a shot that went just wide.

At 21, a counterattack commanded by Vinícius Júnior ended in a bitten shot by Lucas Paquetá, while three minutes later Raphinha was alone with the Costa Rica goalkeeper, Patrick Sequeira, and scored with a volley, but the shot went wide. goalkeeper’s hands.

It seemed that at 29 minutes Brazil took the lead with a goal from Marquinhos, after a tip-in by Rodrygo, but the Mexican referee César Arturo Ramos annulled the victory at the request of the VAR due to the advanced position of the Real Madrid attacker when he headed the ball.

In the second half, the “verdeamarelho” team did not stop its intentions to attack, while Costa Rica resorted to a somewhat tougher game to stop its rival’s advances and earned a couple of yellow cards.

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At 17 minutes the Central Americans were saved when Lucas Paquetá took a shot that crashed into the post.

Brazil did not stop in its quest to open the scoring and almost did so two other times. First in the 26th minute, when Costa Rica defender Haxzel Quirós headed a cross against his own goal and Sequeira deflected it just right into the corner.

And then, at 33, through a tremendous shot by Guilherme Arana that goalkeeper “Tico” deflected fantastically.

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In the final minutes, Brazil had one more time and again with Rodrygo, who took advantage of a deep pass, beat the goalkeeper at the start, but was left without an angle to finish and had to send a cross that was rejected by the team’s defense. Central American.

Match summary

Stadium: SoFi Stadium (California).

Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico).

VAR: Guillermo Pacheco (Mexico).

Brazil: Alisson; Danilo, Éder Militão, Marquinhos, Guilherme Arana; Bruno Guimarães, João Gomes, Lucas Paquetá; Raphinha, Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo. DT: Dorival Junior.

Costa Rica: Patrick Sequeira; Jeyland Mitchell, Juan Pablo Vargas, Francisco Calvo, Haxzel Quirós; Orlando Galo, Jefferson Brenes, Ariel Lassiter, Brandon Aguilera; Álvaro Zamora and Manfred Ugalde. DT: Gustavo Alfaro.

Changes in the second half: 19m Alejandro Bran for Brenes (CR) and Warren Madrigal for Ugalde (CR); 25m Joel Campbell for Zamora (CR) and Savinho for Raphinha (B); 26m Endrick by Vinícius Júnior (B); 38m Gabriel Martinelli by João Gomes (B); 45m Joseph Mora for Lassiter (CR) and Gerald Taylor for Aguilera (CR).

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