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Brazil eliminates Costa Rica, 1-0, in Women's World Cup

Brazil eliminates Costa Rica, 1-0, in Women's World Cup
Costa Rica's Carol Sanchez, left, and Brazil's Gabi Zanotti race for the ball during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 match on Wednesday. (CJ GUNTHER / EPA)

Raquel Fernandes scored in the 83rd minute and Brazil eliminated Costa Rica from the Women's World Cup with a 1-0 win on Wednesday in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The Costa Ricans needed a result against Brazil, who had already clinched the top spot in Group E after a pair of wins. But Fernandes beat Dinnia Diaz and the Ticos were denied a spot in the round of 16.

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Costa Rica had been the lone World Cup newcomer without a loss prior to Wednesday's defeat. But the Brazilians controlled 64 percent of the possessions and outshot the Central American debutants 20-3.

Brazil, which advanced without allowing a goal, will face Australia on Sunday, also in Moncton.

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