Brazil clip Costa Rica 1-0
HARRISON, NJ (AP):
Hulk scored in the 10th minute after an early stretch of Brazilian dominance and the five times world champions beat Costa Rica 1-0 yesterday in a World Cup qualifying tune-up match.
Despite Costa Rica employing five defenders, Brazil clearly had the better of play throughout, with the Ticos only occasionally managing to get forward on counters.
Brazil used a somewhat experimental line-up with Hulk as the lead striker. Manager Dunga stayed with his starters until the middle of the second half. He used six substitutes, sending in Orlando City forward Kaka in the 67th and Neymar in the 82nd, both to large ovations from the crowd of 19,146 at Red Bull Arena.
Neymar, only last week, returned to Barcelona's line-up after a case of the mumps and reportedly limped out of training Thursday after grabbing his knee.
Brazil took the lead when Hulk and Costa Rican defender Giancarlo Gonzalez raced to get to a ball from Danilo out of the back. Gonzalez overran the ball and slipped as Hulk lost his footing and fell. Hulk recovered first and put a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton.