Gabriel Jesus to retain Brazil place ahead of Roberto Firmino against Costa Rica

Gabriel Jesus will retain his spot up front when Brazil face Costa Rica in the World Cup tomorrow after Seleção coach Tite announced that he will field an unchanged side in Saint Petersburg.

That also means Jesus’ Manchester City teammate Danilo retains his place, having not even been expected to go to the World Cup until a late injury ruled Paris Saint-Germain’s Dani Alves out of the competition.

Jesus had a quiet game against Switzerland in the 1-1 draw on Sunday and was replaced by Roberto Firmino in the second half. However, the City sensation will keep his place ahead of Liverpool star Firmino tomorrow.

Fernandinho, who also appeared as a substitute against Switzerland, must be content with a place on the bench, and the same goes for Ederson, who is unlikely to see any game time at the World Cup with Roma stopper Alisson – currently linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool – firmly established as Tite’s number one.

Before then, Benjamin Mendy’s France face Peru this afternoon before Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero, who scored his first ever World Cup goal against Iceland on Saturday, represent Argentina against Croatia in the big game of the day.

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