Gilette Brasil Global Tour
 
Played
September 5, 2015 9:00 PM BST
Red Bull Arena — Harrison, New Jersey
Referee:‬ M. Bourdeau‎
Attendance:‬ 19600‎
 
 
Hulk 10′

Brazil 1-0 Costa Rica: Hulk fires Dunga's men to narrow victory

The striker's goal after just 10 minutes was enough to secure the win for the Selecao in Saturday's friendly clash

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Brazil began preparations for their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 friendly win over Costa Rica in New Jersey on Saturday.

In their first game since a disappointing Copa America exit at the hands of Paraguay, Dunga's experimental side raced out of the blocks and took the lead after 10 minutes.

A loose ball inside the area was pounced upon by an onrushing Hulk, who shook off his man before applying a composed finish.

Despite Costa Rica failing to register a single effort on target, Brazil could not build on their lead, with Marcelo and Douglas Costa both spurning good opportunities after the break.

Neymar came off the bench 10 minutes from time in a bid to find an elusive second, but Dunga's charges continued to be restricted in the final third.  

The result leaves the Brazil coach with plenty of ponder ahead a trip to Foxborough, Massachusetts on Tuesday, where they take on the United States in their last game before World Cup qualifying kicks off against Chile in October.

Costa Rican goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton, in for Real Madrid's Keylor Navas, was quickly made to work by Brazil during the opening exchanges - first denying Hulk's stinging free-kick before getting down low to deny David Luiz from close range on seven minutes.

The five-time world champions continued to threaten and were rewarded for their bright start on 10 minutes when Hulk powered into the area to out-muscle Giancarlo Gonzales and slot home.

Fernandinho stung the palms of Pemberton with a vicious near-post strike six minutes later as Brazil sought to build on their advantage, but a five-man Cost Rican defence began to show resilience during an otherwise dominant performance from their opponents.

Although doing well to limit Brazil to one goal, Oscar Ramirez's men offered little in the final third.

Bryan Ruiz did have a penalty appeal turned four minutes before the break when he was brought down after being sandwiched in the box by David Luiz and Fernandinho, but Brazil's debutant goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe remained untroubled.

The pressure on the Costa Rican rearguard was intensified after the break, with Marcelo flashing an effort across goal shortly before bursting through the middle to scuff a drive straight at the keeper.

Bayern winger Costa blazed an effort over the bar after cutting in from the left as the prospect of a second goal seemed increasingly likely.

But just like the first half, Brazil faded, despite the introduction of Neymar 10 minutes from time, with one goal proving enough to condemn Ramirez to defeat in his first game as Costa Rica coach.

Costa Rica

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P. Pemberton
Goalkeeper
-
Cristian Gamboa
Defender
90′
-
G. González
Defender
-
J. Acosta
Defender
-
Ó. Duarte
Defender
-
Celso Borges
Midfielder
-
R. Matarrita
Midfielder
-
J. Venegas
Striker
90′
-
M. Ureña
Striker
61′
11
Bryan Ruiz
Striker
80′
-
Y. Tejeda
Striker

Brazil

1
Marcelo Grohe
Goalkeeper
-
Danilo
Defender
12
Marcelo
Defender
4
David Luiz
Defender
22
Miranda
Defender
25
Fernandinho
Midfielder
74′
20
Douglas Costa
Midfielder
82′
-
Lucas Lima
Midfielder
67′
30
Luiz Gustavo
Midfielder
81′
22
Willian
Midfielder
78′
-
Hulk
Striker
10′ 67′

Substitutes

34
Esteban Alvarado
Goalkeeper
14
W. Francis
Defender
-
F. Calvo
Defender
-
D. Myrie
Defender
90′
-
Junior Díaz
Defender
-
E. Rodríguez
Midfielder
10
D. Vega
Midfielder
90′
11
J. Campbell
Striker
61′
-
D. Colindres
Striker
80′

Substitutes

1
Jefferson
Goalkeeper
-
Douglas Santos
Defender
15
Marquinhos
Defender
-
Fabinho
Defender
-
22
Roberto Firmino
Midfielder
8
Kaká
Midfielder
67′
-
Lucas
Midfielder
78′
17
Elias
Midfielder
74′ 87′
10
11
Neymar Jr.
Striker
82′

Coach/Manager

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Dunga
Coach
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match