Costa Rica head into their third straight World Cup match hoping to duplicate their success of 2014.
The one-time quarter-finalists could not preserve that momentum in 2018 as they tumbled out within the group stage and shall be hoping to keep away from that destiny in a devilishly tough Group E that additionally contains Spain, Germany and Japan.
Here is what to anticipate from Costa Rica on the World Cup.
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Paris Saint-Germain), Esteban Alvarado (Herediano), Patrick Sequeira (CD Lugo)
Defenders: Francisco Calvo (Konyaspor), Juan Pablo Vargas(Millonarios FC), Kendall Waston (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Al-Wehda), Daniel Chacon (Colorado Rapids), Keysher Fuller (Herediano), Carlos Martinez (San Carlos), Bryan Oviedo (Actual Salt Lake), Ronald Matarrita (Cincinnati)
Midfielders: Yeltsin Tejeda (Herediano), Celso Borges (Alajuelense), Youstin Salas (Saprissa), Roan Wilson (Grecia), Gerson Torres (Herediano), Douglas Lopez (Herediano) Jewisson Bennette (Sunderland), Alvaro Zamora (Saprissa), Anthony Hernandez (Puntarenas FC), Brandon Aguilera (Nottingham Forest), Bryan Ruiz (Alajuelense)
Forwards: Joel Campbell (Leon), Anthony Contreras (Herediano) Johan Venegas (Alajuelense)
There’s one fear for Costa Rica, and it is a huge one.
Star goalkeeper Keylor Navas has been included within the squad regardless of selecting up a again harm in November which stored him out of motion for PSG within the build-up to the match.
The veteran stopper hasn’t performed a minute of membership soccer this season, so even when he recovers in time for the match, he is hardly at full power.
It was on the 2014 World Cup that Navas earned himself a transfer to Actual Madrid and the 35-year-old stays one of many sport’s high goalkeepers, even when he has been benched at membership degree. Navas has 107 appearances for his nation to his identify.
Former Arsenal man Joel Campbell now performs his membership soccer in Mexico with Leon. He has a whopping 118 caps for his nation and has managed a decent 25 targets and 22 assists.
Now 37, Bryan Ruiz wears the captain’s armband for Costa Rica and he’ll be essential to their probabilities from an attacking midfield spot. He is been a daily for his nation for the final 18 years and is rightly hailed as considered one of Costa Rica’s greatest ever.
Below Luiz Fernando Suarez, Costa Rica have performed in quite a lot of formations, so it is arduous to pin them down. The 4-2-3-1 seems to have been the most typical however Suarez has introduced out a 5-4-1 at occasions and will achieve this right here in opposition to robust opposition.
Costa Rica predicted XI: Navas; Fuller, Calvo, Vargas, Matarrita; Tejeda, Borges; Torres, Ruiz, Zamora; Campbell.
2022 has been a great yr for Costa Rica, who’ve misplaced simply considered one of their 12 video games thus far.
They acquired an enormous pleasant win over Nigeria in November and beat each Canada and the USA in qualifying, the place in addition they secured a 0-0 draw with Mexico – all outcomes that can encourage confidence heading into the match.
Costa Rica’s final 5 outcomes (all competitions)
Costa Rica 2-0 Nigeria
Uzbekistan 1-2 Costa Rica
South Korea 2-2 Costa Rica
Costa Rica 1-0 New Zealand
Costa Rica 2-0 Martinique
Again in 2014, Costa Rica did the unthinkable as they completed high of a bunch that additionally included England, Italy and Uruguay. Sadly, it will take one other such miracle for them to outlive this time round.
With Spain and Germany the heavy, heavy favourites to undergo, Costa Rica will want a constructive consequence in opposition to a minimum of a type of sides in addition to a victory over Japan, which isn’t any straightforward feat in itself.
The luck of the draw has not been sort to Costa Rica, who look to be staring an early exit within the face.
Prediction: Group stage exit