Brazil v Costa Rica: World Cup 2018 – live!

Brazil: Alisson; Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Coutinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar.

Costa Rica: Navas; Acosta, Gonzalez, Duarte; Gamboa, Borges, Guzman, Oviedo; Ruiz, Venegas; Urena.

All that laughter you can hear is coming from Brazil. There’s nothing quite like schadenfreude in football. There’s nothing quite like seeing your greatest rivals collapse in front of the world, especially when those same rivals took great pleasure in riffing on your misery four years ago. For Brazilians who had to suck it up when Argentinians tipped into them after the 7-1 defeat to Germany in 2014, watching Jorge Sampaoli’s chaotic mess of a side fall to Croatia last night must have been pretty enjoyable.

But if Brazil could stop chucking for just a moment – I know, it isn’t easy – they could benefit from absorbing the major lesson of Argentina’s shambles and keep in mind that teams rarely prosper when there is too much reliance on one individual. For Lionel Messi, read Neymar, who is in danger of becoming a problem for his side, albeit in a different way to his former Barcelona team-mate.

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