Brazil and Costa Rica close out the first round of the Group Stage

Nine-time continental champions Brazil meets one of the invited teams of this edition at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, this Monday, June 24

June 24, 2024
CONMEBOL Copa América™
  • Dorival Júnior will have his first competitive game in charge of the Brazilian national team.
  • Los Ticos have one of the youngest squads at this CONMEBOL Copa America 2024™.

The time has come for Brazil and Costa Rica: the CONMEBOL and CONCACAF teams play the last game of the opening round of CONMEBOL Copa América™ this Monday, June 24, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The Group D duel starts at 6 pm local time (GMT-7) - 7 pm in San José (Costa Rica) and 10 pm in Brasília (Brazil).

The match is surrounded by expectations for Brazil, nine-time champion of the oldest national team tournament in the world. With a young generation led by the likes of Rodrygo, Vinícius Júnior and Endrick, the Canarinho team excites Brazilian fans – especially after a year of questionable results in 2023 and a mid-level position in the World Cup Qualifiers.

This will also be coach Dorival Júnior's first match leading Brazil in an official competition. The coach, who took over the team this year, has 2 wins and 2 draws in friendlies against England, Spain, Mexico and the United States so far.

On the other side, there is also a coach looking to improve the ranks of Costa Rican football. Gustavo Alfaro, who carries the experience of a CONMEBOL Copa América™ (in 2021, as head of Ecuador), mixes the experience of Joel Campbell and Francisco Calvo with the youth of Manfred Ugalde, Jeyland Mitchell and one of the squads with the lowest average age at this 48th edition of the tournament.

Costa Rica overcame Honduras in the CONCACAF Nations League playoffs to secure one of the last two spots in this CONMEBOL Copa América™, and has had better results since then: they come into the tournament with victories over Saint Kitts and Nevis (4-0) and Grenada (3-0) in the opening rounds of their confederation's qualifiers.

Where to watch Brazil vs. Costa Rica live?

The match kicks off at 6 p.m. local time, 7 p.m. in San José (Costa Rica) and 10 p.m. in Brasilia (Brazil). It is possible to watch the duel live through the following media:

  • Brazil: Rede Globo, SporTV, GloboPlay.
  • Costa Rica: Teletica, Repretel, TDMAX, TD+.
  • United States: Univision, Fox, FS1, FS1.
  • Canada: RDS, TSN, TSN+.

Brazil x Costa Rica: CONMEBOL Copa América™ history

The two teams have faced each other only twice in CONMEBOL Copa América: once in 1997, and once in 2004: in the first, the Seleção won 5-0; In the reunion, another 4-1 triumph.

The last 5 results between the teams (all competitions):

  • Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica – World Cup (2018)
  • Brazil 1-0 Costa Rica – Friendly (2015)
  • Costa Rica 0-1 Brazil – Friendly (2011)
  • Brazil 4-1 Costa Rica – CONMEBOL Copa America™ (2004)
  • Costa Rica 2-5 Brazil – World Cup (2002)

Key Facts

  • Marquinhos can play his 16th game in CONMEBOL Copa América™ and reach the podium of Brazilian players with the most appearances in the tournament in the 21st century, behind only Thiago Silva (18) and Daniel Alves (19).
  • Brazil has a favorable record of eight wins and three losses against CONCACAF teams in CONMEBOL Copa América™. The Canarinho has not lost to a country from this confederation since the 2007 edition (0-2 against Mexico).
  • Costa Rica have lost just one of their last four CONMEBOL Copa América™ games against CONMEBOL teams (W2 D1 L1), and are looking to string together back-to-back victories against these countries in the tournament after defeating Colombia 3-2 in the 2016 edition, their last appearance.
  • Marquinhos is the player in the South American Qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup with the best pass accuracy percentage (96%), considering players with at least 200 pass attempts.

Source: OPTA

Starting lineups

Brazil: Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Éder Militão, Guilherme Arana; João Gomes, Bruno Guimarães, Lucas Paquetá; Rodrygo, Vinícius Júnior, Raphinha.

Coach: Dorival Júnior.

Costa Rica: Patrick Sequeira; Jeyland Mitchell, Juan Pablo Vargas, Francisco Calvo; Haxzel Quirós, Orlando Galo, Jefferson Brenes, Ariel Lassiter, Brandon Aguilera; Álvaro Zamora, Manfred Ugalde.

Coach: Gustavo Alfaro.

Referee Appointments

Referee: César Ramos (México).

Assistant referees: Alberto Morín and Marco Bisguerra (México).

Fourth Official: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela).

VAR: Guillermo Pacheco (México).

Match Information

Match: Brazil vs. Costa Rica (Group D, Matchday 1).

Date and time: June 24, 2024, at 6 p.m. GMT-7 - 7 p.m. Costa Rica, 10 p.m. Brazil.

Venue: SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, CA.

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