Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
There will be fireworks when Costa Rica and Canada face each other in the Gold Cup quarter-finals on Monday morning. Los Ticos aim to keep their 100% intact at the 2021 CONCACAF championship, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the nominal hosts. It has to be noted that goalkeeper Leonel Moreira misses the match through suspension as he was sent off in the victory over Jamaica.
The Canucks, on the other hand, booked their place in the playoffs despite the 1-0 loss to USA in their last group game. Canada are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Monday’s clash, and seeing that Costa Rica looked solid at the back in the triumph over Costa Rica, we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. Ayomide Akinola, who suffered an injury in the loss to USA, is out of contention for the nominal visitors.
Highlighted Player (Keylor Navas):
Keylor Navas is an exceptionally gifted goal keeper who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Costa Rica national team. The 29-year-old rose through the youth ranks at Saprissa before making his professional bow with them in 2005.
After a successful stint with them, he ventured into Spanish football with a move to Albacete and then to Levante. His exploits at Levante earned him a move to Real Madrid where he quickly established as a first-team regular. Despite coming within seconds of moving away from the club to accommodate David de Gea, Navas became a crowd favorite with outstanding displays in 2015-16 season.
Navas has played over 60 games for Costa Rica having made his debut in 2008. He has represented them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where Costa Rica were a losing quarter-finalists. Their progress in the tournament is largely attributed to the success of Navas under the sticks.
Highlighted Team (Canada):
Canada national football team played their first official match back in 1924 when they suffered a 3-2 loss to Australia in Brisbane. The following year the two teams faced each other one in Adelaide, with the Canadians managing to get their revenge on the Socceroos. The Canucks had several unsuccessful attempts to make it to the World Cup finals, but in 1986 they finally booked their place at the showpiece tournament.
Canada faced France in their opener, with Jean-Pierre Papin scoring the winner for les Tricolores in the dying minutes of the match. The Canadians were beaten by Hungary and USSR in the next two group games as well and, as a result, they failed to advance to the knockout stages.
Speaking of the team’s trophies, the Canucks won the CONCACAF Gold cup on two occasions (1985, 2000), with the team beating Honduras and Colombia respectively in the title games. Canada national football team play their home games at BMO Field and the capacity of the venue is 30,000.