Brazil’s Gabriela, right, and Costa Rica’s Carol Sanchez race for the ball during the first half of the Group E FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer game. Photograph: Andrew Vaughan/AP
Brazil’s Gabriela, right, and Costa Rica’s Carol Sanchez race for the ball during the first half of the Group E FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer game. Photograph: Andrew Vaughan/AP

(QCOSTARICA SPORTS) They gave it their best, they played well until the last 12 minutes, holding the South Americans in a 0-0 tie, then in the last minures of the game, it all fell apart for the brave women that made up Costa Rica’s world cup national women’s soccer team.

The Tica’s breaks were seldom, but Brazil’s Raquel Rodriguez did spurn one gilt-edged opening. Goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz continued to repel opposition strikes, until Raquel broke clear and beat her in the 84th minute. That ensured Brazil, alongside Japan, advanced with a perfect group-stage record, sending Vadao’s girls into a last-16 duel with Australia high on confidence.

The loss 0-1 loss to Brazil and the scoring by South Korea, eliminated Costa Rica from the World Cup Canada 2015.

Brazil, who have yet to concede a goal at the tournament, finished top of the group on nine points, five ahead of second-placed South Korea, and will face Australia in the last 16 on Sunday.


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