Our prediction for this match:
Belgium play host to Costa Rica at their Stade Roi Baudouin in their last warm-up game ahead of their World Cup opener against Portugal. The Red Devils are considered hot favourites to win Monday’s football match, but los Ticos, who take part in the showpiece tournament in Russia as well, should not be written off just yet. Over the years Roberto Martinez’s team have turned their Stade Roi Baudouin into a real fortress and given the number of top-class footballers in the home team, we are tempted to put our money on Kevin de Bruyne and Co. Costa Rica, on the other hand, are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Monday’s friendly, but preventing the likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku from scoring is easier said than done. When the two teams met in a friendly back in 2002 Belgium recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Costa Rica.
Highlighted Player (Jan Vertonghen):
After spending four years at Ajax, in 2006 Jan Vertonghen signed a loan deal with RKC Waalwijk. The left-footed defender spent one season at Mandemakers Stadion and he returned to Ajax for the 2007/2008 season. The highly rated footballer, who is capable of playing as both centre back and left back, signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 8 July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Premier League outfit ever since.
The Belgian defender scored four goals for the Spurs in the 2012/2013 Premier League season and he made 34 league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit back then. In the 2015/2016 season Jan Vertonghen and his teammates were producing brilliant displays with Tottenham, but the Spurs eventually finished the campaign in third place in the standings.
Speaking of his international career, Vertonghen made it to both World Cup (2014) and Euro (2016) quarter-finals with the Belgian national team. Jan was born on 24 April, 1987 and his shirt number is 5.
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.