Our match prediction:
Colombia head coach made a risky decision to leave some experienced players out of his Copa America squad and decided to seriously rejuvenate his ranks, but the recent results are enough to suggest the Argentine coach has been spot on. Led by James Rodriguez and Carlos Bacca, Los Cafeteros have played great football at the start of the 2016 Copa America Centenario, defeating the likes of United States and Paraguay to extend their winning run to five games. And even though they have already secured their place in the quarter-finals, Colombia can be trusted to keep the perfect record intact by defeating sorry Costa Rica. The surprise package of the 2014 World Cup have been on a major downtrend of late, and it is clear that the team are going through a very rough patch at the moment. Even though Keylor Navas is the only star player missing the tournament, Costa Rica have largely struggled in the first two fixtures and having failed to score against Paraguay and USA, we don’t think they can show any sort of improvement in their final group fixture.
Highligted Player (Murillo):
Jeison Murillo is a 24-year-old Colombian defender who plays for Inter Milan in Serie A. The centre back started in the youth teams of Deportivo Cali but made his senior professional bow with Udinese and Granada, as part of the partnership agreement between the clubs. He moved on a permanent basis to Granada in 2011 but spent most of his time on loans at fellow Spanish league clubs Cadiz and Las Palmas. His talent was there for everyone to see and soon he would end up moving to Inter Milan in 2015. Murillo made his international debut for Colombia in 2014. He was also a member of the 2015 Copa America squad and scored his solitary goal in national colors against Brazil. He would go on to win the “Best Young Player” of the tournament. Murillo is a hard-tackling no-nonsense centre back and is regarded as a ball-playing defender, which is almost a rarity in world football.
Highlighted Team (Costa Rica):
Los Ticos are administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation and are members of the CONCACAF confederation competing at the international stage since 1921, although it was not until 1927 that they had become the FIFA members. Costa Rica is the most successful national football team in the history of Central America with eight championships and their decorated reputation was upheld in 2014 when the current Central American champions made an imposing impression during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Having reached the quarter-finals, Costa Ricans continue to be a thorn in the side for a many bigger soccer nations. Alvaro Saborio is the most-capped member of the current team captained by Bryan Ruiz, but the most prominent star of the squad is definitely Real Madrid goalkeeper and 2016 Champions League winner Keylor Navas. Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is also a notable player whose 2014 FIFA World Cup performances have been nothing short of impressive.