Our prediction for this match:
Costa Rica and Mexico take on each other at Wiener Neustadter Stadion in a friendly international on Tuesday evening. Los Ticos played out a goalless draw with Bosnia at the weekend, but it has to be noted that the Balkan Dragons rested key players in Saturday’s clash. Since Costa Rica boss aim to put an end to their seven-game winless run in all competitions, we are positive that boss Ronald Gonzalez is going to count on both Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell for the Mexico friendly.
El Tri failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Bale-less Wales, but they are surely capable of matching Costa Rica on neutral location. All Moreno, Pizarro, dos Santos, and Arteaga should be recalled to Mexico’s starting XI. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards in Wiener Neustadt, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
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 (Mexico):
Football was brought below the United States border by European immigrants who build the foundations for what went on to become one of the most prominent footballing nations in the world. El Tri have qualified to the total of 15 World Cups and have become one of six nations to qualify successfully for the tournament since 1994.
Alongside Brazil and Germany, Mexico are the only country to make it past the group stage over the last six World Cups so it is fair to say that miners from Cornwall and Spanish exiles fleeing the Civil War made a pretty good job embedding the football gene. Mexico are the reigning CONCACAF champions having beaten the surprise package Jamaica 3-1 in the final. Juan Carlos Osorio’s team is captained by Rafael Marquez who is the fourth most-capped player behind Gerrardo Torrado, Pavel Pardo and Claudio Suarez.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez is the team’s biggest star and current squad’s top scorer with 81 goals to his name. Chicharito is only eight goals behind Jared Borgetti who is the nation’s top scorer.