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Brazil hopes to boost round of 16 chances in Costa Rica clash

Brazil will meet Costa Rica on Friday with one point in their pocket, looking forward to compensate their below-expectation start against Switzerland which ended 1-1.

“We have to be more effective and convert scoring opportunities in goals,” Brazil coach Tite told reporters on eve of the match, to be held at Saint Petersburg Stadium.

“The whole team has a better feeling (than that of Switzerland game) on what to expect and to look for the goal,” he added.

Brazil team captain Thiago Silva said the squad “is very conscience of what we need. We have not had the best start, but we want to rectify this. There is pressure for both sides, and we are used to this.” The match against costa Rica will be “another tough” game, he said, “so, we need to be calm to bring the three points.” Brazil won the World Cup a record five times and is one of this tournament’s favorites.

Brazil won nine of their 10 previous internationals against Costa Rica. It lost one friendly in 1960.

Costa Rica lost their first match against Serbia, which was leading Group E with three points.

Meanwhile, Serbia will be playing against Switzerland and will certainly need a win to inch closer to the round of 16.

Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic told a news conference last night he would make tactical switch “but we will not be backing off from our system and our style of play.” Serbia is leading the group with three points following their 1-0 win over Costa Rica.

“I can guarantee that our players will give their maximum – that they will be aggressive and ready to play some football.” This will be the first encounter between Serbia and Costa Rica, to be played at Kaliningrad Stadium.

Source: Kuwait News Agency