We must score against Brazil, says Costa Rica striker

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St. Petersburg, June 19 (IANS) Costa Rica striker Marco Ureña on Tuesday said his national team needs to score in their upcoming FIFA World Cup match against Brazil in order to have a chance of qualifying for the next round.

Los Ticos were defeated 0-1 by Serbia on Sunday in their World Cup debut in Russia, after a free kick from Serbia defender Alexandar Kolarov in the second half broke through Costa Rica’s fortress-like defense and goalkeeper Keylor Navas, reports Efe.

“The group is very confident. Switzerland got a point, so they (Brazil) are not invincible. We’ll spare no effort to get a good result,” Ureña said at a press conference in the lead-up to Friday’s match.

“We defend well, we have a compact team, but when it comes to attacking, we need more from everyone, everyone wants the ball, the responsibility, and we are up to it,” Los Angeles FC striker added.

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Costa Rica is at the bottom of Group E after losing to Serbia, which tops the group with three points, while Brazil and Switzerland both gained one point after their 1-1 tie on Sunday.

–IANS

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