Costa Rica World Cup 2022 results, fixtures and latest odds

Costa Rica World Cup 2022 squad list, fixtures and latest odds – AFP

Costa Rican coach Luis Fernando Suarez said he will try to rally his shattered side after a 7-0 defeat of Spain at the start of the World Cup season in Qatar on Wednesday.

“We couldn’t get the ball and there was nothing attacking on our side,” Suarez told reporters. “I have to admit that we were bad and we all have to take into account what happened.”

Costa Rica, who reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2014, failed to score a single shot on target against Spain and now face Japan and Germany in their remaining Group E matches.

“We are concerned that the group cannot get out of this hole we are in,” said Suarez, who is Colombian. “I hope we can cut things short and start working from tomorrow before Japan.”

Costa Rica World Cup 2022 squad

Costa Rica announced their World Cup squad on November 4, with a mix of youth and experience. Included were veteran ex-Sunderland and Everton defender Bryan Oviedo, ex-Fulham midfielder Bryan Ruiz and ex-Arsenal striker Joel Campbell.

Several players under 10 caps, including Nottingham Forest’s Brandon Aguilera, also made the cut.

There have been some surprise omissions, with ex-Celtic right-back Cristian Gamboa and Belgian second division winger Alonso Martinez left out.

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Esteban Alvarado, Aaron Cruz, Patrick Sequeira

Defenders: Juan Pablo Vargas, Keysher Fuller, Oscar Duarte, Bryan Oviedo, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Watson, Carlos Martinez, Carlos Mora, Celso Borges

Midfielders: Jewison Bennette, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Chacon, Anthony Hernandez, Douglas Lopez, Aaron Suarez, Gerson Torres, Orlando Galo, Roan Wilson, Alvaro Zamora, Brandon Aguilera

Forwards: Anthony Contreras, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell

Who is the star name likely to be on the team?

Had the 2022 World Cup been played in the summer as usual scheduling dictated, the accepted wisdom would have made Keylor Navas the star player on the team. Six months later, the Paris St-Germain goalkeeper struggled with a back injury over the summer and was demoted to second choice goalkeeper, with Gianluigi Donnarumma favored as number 1.

That could mean Navas struggles with fitness in the run-up to Qatar, having had a move to Napoli this season rejected due to a gulf between current and future earnings.

Instead, attention may shift further up the field, to Jewison Bennette. Aged just 18, the left winger has already put in some convincing displays for his country in qualifying and signed for Sunderland over the summer. He has scored once in nine league substitute appearances.

What are the matches and results of Costa Rica?

November 23: Spain 7 Costa Rica 0

November 27: Japan vs Costa Rica

December 1: Costa Rica vs Germany

What is Costa Rica’s world record?

This is the sixth World Cup that Costa Rica has qualified for, with their best finish coming in 2014. They reached the quarter-finals in Rio, following wins over Italy and Uruguay and a draw against England in the group stage, and a win against Greece, before going out on penalties in Salvador against the Netherlands.

Argentina | Australia | Belgium | Brazil | Cameroon | Canada | Costa Rica | Croatia | Denmark | Ecuador | England | France | Germany | Ghana | Iran | Japan | Mexico | Morocco | Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | qatar | Saudi Arabia | Senegal | Serbia | South Korea | Spain | Switzerland | Tunisia | Uruguay | USA | Wales

Latest odds

Would you like Costa Rica to get through the difficult group stage with Spain and Germany? See all the latest odds on the group winner

Costa Rica is currently a best price of 5000/1 to win the World Cup.

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