Our prediction for this match:
Out-of-form Mexico will be aiming to put an end to their four-game losing run when they face Costa Rica at Estadio Universitario de Nuevo Leon. Mexico do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment, but Friday’s football game could be the turning point for El Tri. Ricardo Ferretti’s troops are likely to leave their hearts on the field this time out and we believe that the time has come for the Mexicans to give fans some cheer. Costa Rica, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their best form as well, with the team suffering six defeats in previous seven games in all competitions. Anyhow, El Tri want this win more than los Ticos and we are tempted to put our money on Ricardo Ferretti’s charges. It has to be noted that Mexico are undefeated in previous four meetings with Costa Rica.
Highlighted Player (Diego Reyes):
Diego Antonio Reyes is a young 23-year-old Mexico centre back who plays for Spanish club Real Sociedad on loan from Porto. The defender has often been described as intelligent in his positioning and strong in the air. He is considered to be a natural ball-playing defender who is comfortable in possession.
Although he is primarily a defender, Reyes has played as a defensive midfielder too. He made his professional debut with Club America in 2010 starting as a midfielder but quickly moving into his more naturally suited central defender role. He was quickly snapped up by Porto in 2013 although his playing time at the Portuguese club was limited.
Reyes has played for Mexico at various national youth team levels including the gold-medal winning under-23 squad at the 2012 London Olympics. He was called up to the senior team in 2011 and has already participated in Confederations Cup and FIFA World Cup.
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.