Costa Rica held off the titan of Brazil for 90 minutes in their group stage match at the 2018 World Cup, but they couldn’t bring a scoreless draw over the finish line, as two stoppage-time goals by the Seleção led to a 2-0 Brazil win on Friday.
Philippe Coutinho scored in the 91st minute, and then Neymar followed it up in the 97th minute to clinch the result, which keeps Brazil in the running to advance. Unfortunately, a second consecutive loss officially eliminates Costa Rica from advancing out of Group E.
Los Angeles Football Club forward Marco Ureña once again led the line for the Ticos, starting and playing 54 minutes before making way for Christian Bolaños. He didn’t get any chances in this game, as his service was severely restricted and he had no shots on the day.
Costa Rica have one more Group E game, against Switzerland on Wednesday, but it will only be a consolation game. On the other hand, it means that LAFC will get Ureña back before long, probably in about a week’s time.
Ureña offered a classy thank you to the supporters following the game on Friday.
Hoy solo puedo decir que estoy muy orgulloso del gran trabajo en equipo y que se peleó hasta el final!!! Gracias Costa Rica por el apoyo tienen toda mi admiración (afición) no se imaginan lo lindo que es sentir todas esas muestras de cariño de todo el país. #quelindosertico pic.twitter.com/mZ0U1YxPAj— Marco Ureña (@MarcoUrenaCR) June 22, 2018
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