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Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0, edge towards World Cup last 16

ST. PETERSBURG:  Brazil got two goals in stoppage time to give them a deserved 2-0 win over Costa Rica in a tense World Cup Group E encounter on Friday. Philippe Coutinho stabbed home from six metres out in the 91st minute and then Neymar volleyed a second six minutes later to get the five-times world champions up and running in their pursuit of a sixth title. Brazil were poor in the first half but pressed for goals in more urgent second period. However, they lacked poise in front of goal and Costa Rica keeper…

Pakistani teenager to conduct toss for FIFA World Cup match today

MOSCOW: A 15-year-old boy from Sialkot is set to become the first Pakistani to be part of a FIFA World Cup match as an official representative. Ahmad Raza is going to conduct the coin toss in the game between Brazil and Costa Rica on June 22, today. Three generations of the 15-year-old’s family has been crafting hand-stitched footballs for international professional leagues in Punjab. The day is set to be extra special for Raza as he will be able to meet the Brazilian football team and attacker Neymar Jr, who he…

Kolarov stunner gives Serbia World Cup victory over Costa Rica

Aleksandar Kolarov's brilliant second-half free-kick gave Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in their opening World Cup group match in Samara on Sunday. The Roma defender made the crucial breakthrough early in the second half with a magnificent effort, and although Serbia missed chances to further extend their lead, they were not overly troubled by the Costa Ricans. The win puts Serbia in a strong early position in Group E ahead of games against Brazil and Switzerland as they look to reach the last 16 for the first…

Costa Rican plane crash kills 12, including 10 U.S. citizens

SAN JOSE: A Costa Rican plane crashed into woodland off a popular tourist beach on Sunday, killing 10 U.S. citizens and two local pilots, the Costa Rican government said. The accident occurred in the mountainous area off the Punta Islita beach town in the province of Guanacaste, about 230 km (140 miles) west of the capital of San Jose. Enio Cubillo, director of Costa Rica’s civil aviation agency, said the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft operated by local company Nature Air had crashed minutes after take-off, but…

Costa Rican President swallows a wasp during press briefing, video goes viral

SAN JOSE: President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera had an unusual guest hindering his speech — a wasp! And the hindrance ended tragically after the president swallowed it live. Yes, during a live press briefing a wasp flew at the president and he accidentally swallowed the insect. Smiling all for the camera, he kept answering and then took a sip of water to gulp it down. Ewww! “I ate it, I ate the wasp!” Solís exclaimed, before bursting out laughing along with media personnel. “You don’t see that every day……

Costa Rica bus plunge kills 12

SAN JOSE: A bus plunged off a steep road in a mountainous area north of Costa Rica's capital on Thursday, killing 12 people and injuring another 12, rescue officials said. The 31 passengers on the bus were retired staff members of Costa Rica's National University on their way to an indigenous reserve to carry out social work, the institution's rector said. "It looks like the bus's brakes failed," Esteban Gonzalez, the son of one of the survivors, told a Costa Rican television network. The accident occurred near Cinchona,…