FIFA World Cup: Spain wipes out Costa Rica on Wednesday but watch out for Brazil

Posted on: Nov 24, 2022 10:43 am.

Last updated on: November 24, 2022, 10:43 am.

Japan’s victory over Germany and Saudi Arabia’s victory over Argentina at the FIFA World Cup in recent days have caused major surprises. No one was surprised when Spain ruled out Costa Rica yesterday and Brazil are ready to do the same with Serbia today.

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Brazil national team members (left to right) Lucas Paquetá, Vinicius Junior and Neymar picture themselves on the field. Today they meet Serbia in Brazil’s first World Cup group stage game. (Image: Sky Sports)

The victories of Japan and Saudi Arabia changed the course of the tournament. The results are forcing multiple teams to recalculate their strategies as they prepare for the next round of their group matches.

As Brazil prepare to face Serbia today, they are hoping for the same success as Spain did against Costa Rica yesterday. An embarrassing performance by the Central American team will forever go down in football annals.

Spain prefer, Brazil next

Spain started their World Cup on Wednesday with a brilliant 7-0 win over Costa Rica. It was a record-breaking victory that marked the most dominant performance at this year’s World Championship to date.

The result put Spain first in Group E, while Japan sit second after their impressive 2-1 win over Germany on Wednesday.

Spain’s next game is against Germany on Sunday, while Japan take on Costa Rica on the same day. A Spaniard victory would almost certainly mean the elimination of their European rivals.

Now it is Brazil’s turn to enter the battlefield. As they face Serbia in Group G, their talent is remarkable.

There’s Neymar (Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior), who has recorded 15 goals and 12 assists in 20 games during his time at Paris Saint Germaine. Next up is Vinícius Jr. (Vinícius José Paixão de Oliveira Júnior) with his 10 goals and five assists for Real Madrid in 21 games.

Rodrygo (Rodrygo Silva de Goes), who shares the field with Vinícius in Spain, has scored 11 goals in three years. Combine these attackers with some of the best defensive players in football and it’s easy to see why Brazil are among the top contenders to win the World Cup this year.

Brazil has done it before. It won the title in Sweden in 1958, Chile in 1962, Mexico in 1970, the United States in 1994 and Japan in 2002. However, they are now trying to regain their lead after being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Brazil gets the nod

Brazil are the big favorites against Serbia, who are hoping to get past the opening stages for the first time. The European squad consists of Dušan Vlahović, a product of Juventus in Italy, and other key figures such as Dušan Tadić, currently at Ajax, and Nemanja ‘Neno’ Gudelj, who plays for LaLiga’s Sevilla FC in Spain.

At net, Serbia are likely to take the lead with Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, who has had some ups and downs with Torino FC in Italy. He must be on point today if he expects to stop an attacking Brazilian front.

If the odds makers are right, that’s not going to happen. Brazil is the go-to team today, scoring -210 against Serbia’s +550 at BetMGM. Instead of betting on the winner, a better option is to bet on total goals or first goalscorer. The over/under for the competition is only 2.5, with the over being -145.

Happiness sometimes seems unexpected

Argentina may have suffered a massive loss to Saudi Arabia, but for a bettor it paid off unexpectedly. An Argentinian woman who was just beginning her initiation into the world of sports betting walked away with a pleasant surprise.

According to the media, she admitted that she had never set foot in a casino Kadena 3. However, after her boyfriend persuaded her to place a bet, she decided to wade into the shallow end.

You visited an online sportsbook and may have been overwhelmed by the information. When she saw the betting option layout, which included a ‘1’, ‘X’ and a ‘2’, she assumed it was ‘one goal’, ‘no goal’ or ‘two goals’.

It was actually the line-up for the game – Argentina wins, the game ends in a draw or Saudi Arabia wins.

Confident that Argentina would score big, she bet 200 ARS ($1.21) on “2”. She actually bet on Saudi Arabia to win but can’t complain about the results. She took home ARS 25,000 (US$151.28).

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