Copa America: Brazil Held To Frustrating 0-0 Draw By Costa Rica In Opening Group Game

Copa America: Brazil Held To Frustrating 0-0 Draw By Costa Rica In Opening Group Game

Brazil was held to a 0-0 draw by Costa Rica on Monday night, in their Group D Copa America opener.

Although Brazil dominated play and outshot Costa Rica 18-2, the Seleção was held scoreless by a defense led by goalkeeper Patrick Sequeira, who made three saves while recording the team’s fourth consecutive clean sheet.

Brazil had a goal by Marquinhos disallowed in the first half after a lengthy VAR check, but the team known for decades of sublime offensive play never got closer to a score in front of a lively crowd of 67,158 dominated by their yellow-clad fans at SoFi Stadium.

The result left Colombia on top of Group D after its 2-1 victory over Paraguay.

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Brazil has won the Copa America nine times, but its current transitional squad led by Real Madrid stars Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo got off to a discouraging start.

Brazil coach Dorival Júnior said the result wasn’t bad noting his team’s wide advantages in possession and chances.

“I believe that in context, it was a well-played game,” Dorival said “We passed the ball well and we created good opportunities. We weren’t happy with the finishes, I agree.

“But in general, I think we presented very positive things. Nowadays it will be like this. We have to find ways and solutions to score. We’re always working on it, every moment.”

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