Our prediction for this match:
Peru and Costa Rica take on each other at Estadio de la Universidad Nacional San Agustin in what is expected to be a very interesting game. The Peruvians failed to impress at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but they regained a much-needed confidence thanks to a 3-0 win over Chile in October. Ricardo Gareca’s troops are eyeing their fourth consecutive win over Costa Rica, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced winger Jefferson Farfan, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Los Ticos have been totally out of form in 2018 and we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing something from Wednesday’s football match. You should bear in mind that Peru recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Costa Rica in their last meeting on the international stage.
Highlighted Player (Carlos Zambrano):
Carlos Zambrano is a 26-year-old Peruvian footballer who represents Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The talented centre back is often credited to be one of the most promising defenders coming from his nation. Zambrano is well known for his strong tackling and excellent defensive organization capabilities.
Starting his youth career with Cantolao, he was quickly snapped up by Bundesliga team Schalke 04. He was a regular starter for their youth team and was soon made the captain. He was a cornerstone of their defence and was soon promoted to the first team of Schalke. In 2012, he signed on to play for Eintracht Frankfurt and has already represented them in more than 80 matches.
Zambrano made his senior debut with Peru in 2008. He was chosen to represent the team in 2011 Copa America only to see an injury clamp his participation. Zambrano has represented Peru in 43 games so far scoring four goals.
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.