Copa America 2024: Brazil vs. Costa Rica Preview & Live Streaming

Matchday one of the 2024 Copa America wraps up on Monday with a highly anticipated Group D clash between Brazil and Costa Rica at the SoFi Stadium. As nine-time Copa America champions, Brazil enters the tournament with lofty expectations, while Costa Rica aims to make a significant impact in their return to this prestigious competition.

Brazil: Aiming for Glory Under New Leadership

Brazil’s reputation as a football powerhouse means they approach every major competition with the intent to win. Their track record in the Copa America underscores this ambition, having reached the final in their last two appearances. However, the last time the tournament was hosted in the United States, Brazil suffered an uncharacteristic exit at the group stage in 2016.

The Brazilian Football Confederation appointed Dorival Junior as head coach in January, following Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to remain with Real Madrid. Junior, who led Flamengo to the 2022 Copa Libertadores title, has remained unbeaten in his four matches in charge of the national team. Despite these positive results, Brazil’s recent defensive performances have raised concerns, conceding six goals in their last three outings.

Brazil has not lost to a CONCACAF opponent since a 2-0 friendly defeat to Mexico in June 2012. Junior’s squad looks to build on this impressive record, especially in the group stage, where they are unbeaten in their last seven Copa America matches since losing to Peru in 2016.

Costa Rica: Aiming for a Historic Upset

Costa Rica has started their campaign for a fourth consecutive World Cup appearance on a high note, winning their first two qualifiers by a combined score of 7-0. Gustavo Alfaro’s squad now faces a tough challenge in the Copa America, a tournament they last competed in 2016.

Los Ticos have shown resilience, winning four of their last six international matches and conceding only once in their previous three competitive fixtures. Historically, Costa Rica has struggled against Brazil, losing nine consecutive encounters without scoring in the last three. Their only win against Brazil dates back to the 1960 Panamerican Championship.

Costa Rica will be motivated to break this streak and advance beyond the group stage, a feat they have not achieved since the 2004 Copa America in Peru.

Brazil vs. Costa Rica Team News and Predicted Lineups

Brazil:
Brazil will be without several key players due to injuries. Manchester City’s Ederson is sidelined with an eye socket fracture, Casemiro is out with a knock, Neymar is recovering from an ACL injury, and Richarlison is dealing with a calf issue. Alisson is expected to start in goal, with Marquinhos leading the defense. The attacking responsibilities will fall on Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior, and Lucas Paqueta.

Predicted Lineup:
Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Militao, Wendell; Guimaraes, Luiz; Raphinha, Paqueta, Rodrygo; Junior.

Costa Rica:
Costa Rica’s squad includes several new faces, with Douglas Sequeira yet to earn his first cap. Experienced players Francisco Calvo and Joel Campbell will be crucial, while Orlando Galo, Alvaro Zamora, and Gerald Taylor, who have shown promise in recent matches, will look to make an impact.

Predicted Lineup:
Sequeira; Cascante, Vargas, Calvo; Quiros, Galo, Aguilera, Mora; Campbell, Zamora; Contreras.

Brazil vs. Costa Rica Prediction

Costa Rica has shown strong form in World Cup qualifying, but Brazil’s blend of youth and experience is likely to be overwhelming for Los Ticos. Brazil’s attacking talent and depth make them favorites to secure a dominant victory.

Prediction: Brazil 3-0 Costa Rica

Fans can look forward to an exciting match as Brazil aims to start their Copa America campaign with a statement win, while Costa Rica hopes to spring a surprise and gain valuable experience against one of the world’s best teams.

Brazil vs. Costa Rica Live Streaming

Bangladeshi viewers can watch the Copa America 2024 Brazil vs. Costa Rica Match on T Sports and T Sports App. Check out our Copa America 2024: Schedule, Groups, and TV Channels guide for more info including Copa America 2024 Live Streaming in Bangladesh.

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