BRAZIL V COSTA RICA
- VAR overturned Brazil’s penalty award
- Neymar scored his 56th goal for Brazil, his fifth in World Cups
- Costa Rica are out
- Brazil need a point to book place in the knockout stage
Brazil defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in a well-deserved victory in St Petersburg.
The five-time champions had to wait until second-half stoppage time for Philippe Coutinho and Neymar to claim the win.
Brazil pressed for the entire first half. Coutinho fired an early shot high over the bar, Gabriel Jesus had a ‘goal’ correctly disallowed for offside, Neymar was thwarted by Keylor Navas and the keeper saved low to his right from Real Madrid club-mate Marcelo.
Brazil continued to press in the second half. Jesus headed against the bar, Coutinho had a shot deflected wide by Cristian Gamboa and Navas saved from both Neymar at close range and then Coutinho.
The game’s biggest controversy arrived in the 76th minute. Neymar fell backwards after a challenge by Giancarlo Gonzalez. The referee immediately awarded a penalty. After protests by the Costa Ricans, he consulted a screen by the pitch and changed his mind.
Brazil’s pressure eventually paid off in the first extra minute. Marcelo crossed was headed back by Roberto Firmino. Jesus provided a touch and Coutinho fired home. A few minutes later, Douglas Costa ran clear on the right and crossed for Neymar to score.
NIGERIA V ICELAND
- Nigeria did not attempt a single shot in the first half (the first side to do so in the opening 45 minutes of a World Cup match since South Korea against Algeria in 2014)
- Ahmed Musa is now his country’s all-time top scorer in World Cup with four goals. Only Asamoah Gyan (six goals for Ghana) and Roger Milla (five for Cameroon) have scored more for an African side.
Ahmed Musa scored twice as the Super Eagles of Nigeria recovered from their opening defeat at the World Cup by beating Iceland 2-0 in Volgograd.
The Leicester forward opened the scoring early in the second half and fired home another in the 75th minute to put the Super Eagles in control.
Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson missed an 83rd-minute penalty as Nigeria’s win ensured they, Iceland, and Argentina can all still qualify for the round of 16 of the World Cup with one game to play.
SERBIA V SWITZERLAND
- Aleksandar Mitrovic strike for Serbia equalled the record from 1954 for 26 consecutive matches at the finals without a goalless draw
Switzerland came from behind to defeat Serbia 2-1 in Group E of the World Cup finals in Kaliningrad.
After just five minutes into the game, Aleksandar Mitrovic struck for the Serbs in an exciting clash which equalled the record from 1954 for 26 consecutive games at the finals without a goalless draw.
Serbia were by far the better side in the first half but the game changed in dramatic style after Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka 52nd-minute equaliser.
Switzerland snatched all three points in the last minute of normal time as Manuel Akanji cleared out of defense and Xherdan Shaqiri ran from inside his own half before shooting past Vladimir Stojkovic.
Serbia must now defeat Brazil in their last match to progress while Switzerland face the already-eliminated Costa Rica knowing full well a draw will be enough to see them through.
Belgium v Tunisia (1pm)
South Korea v Mexico (4pm)
Germany v Sweden (7pm)