Our prediction for this World Cup 2018 match:
After coming from behind to beat Serbia at Kaliningrad Stadium, Switzerland will be looking to book their spot in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup finals when they face Costa Rica in their final group game. The Rossocrociati showed character in the triumph over Mladen Krstajic’s troops and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of Wednesday’s football match. Los Ticos, on the other hand, were more than unfortunate not to grab something from their second group game against Brazil as Tite’s men scored two goals in the stoppage time. Costa Rica have already suffered elimination in the group stages of the showpiece tournament and seeing that they have nothing to play for against Switzerland, we are tempted to put our money on Vladimir Petkovic’s men. A man to watch in the Swiss team will be Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored the winner against Serbia.
Highlighted Player (Johan Djourou):
John Djorou is a former Arsenal defender who plays for Hamburg in Bundesliga. Djorou was born on 18 January, 1987 and he started his youth career at Etoile Carouge. On 1 August, 2003 he joined Arsenal and he made his first senior start for the Gunners in a 3-1 win over Everton in the League cup. Djourou made 86 league appearances for Arsenal, scoring only one goal for the capital club.
After spending several seasons on loan at Birmingham City, Hannover and Hamburg, he signed a permanent deal with die Rothosen in April 2014. The Swiss defender played 13 games for Hamburg in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign.
Speaking of his international career, Djourou, who was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, decided to represent Switzerland on the international stage and he made his debut for the Rossocrociati on 1 March 2006, against Scotland. Djorou represented Switzerland at Euro 2016, but he had been left out of the Switzerland 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.
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.