Central America

Costa Rica estuvo clasificada a la segunda fase del Mundial durante tres minutos

La definición del Grupo E del Mundial de Catar fue una verdadera locura. Tanto que por momentos, Costa Rica estaba clasificando a la segunda fase del torneo, dejando fuera a Alemania y a España.

Sí, la misma España que los había goleado 7-0 en el debut.

El sueño en todo caso fue corto y solo duró un total de tres minutos.

Costa Rica sepulta los fantasmas del 7-0 y logra la primera victoria de la Concacaf en el Mundial

Nunca es fácil levantarse de un 7-0 en contra, pero Costa Rica encontró la manera de sacudirse del trauma que significó la goleada sufrida ante España y mantenerse con vida en el Mundial luego de derrotar a Japón 1-0.  

Su victoria además es la primera de una selección Concacaf en Catar.

Gol de Costa Rica vs Japón

No voy a negarlo. Como tantos otros, pensé que la generación dorada de los ticos no tenía cómo reaccionar al desastre de su debut.

Watch: Costa Rica shocks the world with late winner over Japan

Los Ticos were in a world of hurt after their opening match, losing 7-0 to a well-oiled Spain side. The Costa Ricans were sentenced to death by passing as Luis Enrique’s side completed a staggering 1,045 passes in the match, but their performance against a Japan side that shockingly beat Germany on matchday one was more than laudable, grabbing a winner in the 81st minute while also keeping the Samurai Blue off the score sheet. 

Giving a grade to each Concacaf team based on their first World Cup games

All four Concacaf teams competing at the World Cup have played their first games with all four failing to win. In this article we will grade the Concacaf teams at the World Cup based on their game results, how they looked and their likelihood of advancing to the knockout stages.

First let’s recap the results.

Concacaf Game 1 Results

  • USA: Tied Wales 1-1
  • Mexico: Tied Poland 0-0
  • Costa Rica: Lost to Spain 7-0
  • Canada: Lost to Belgium 1-0

Time for the grades.

Spain scores 7, takes 82% possession and completes 1,043 passes to end Costa Rica

Tiki-taka (the lethal variety) is back. Spain was greatly helped by Costa Rica's decision to grant mobile brain-in-a-jar Sergio Busquets freedom of the park Wednesday, but to downplay La Furia Roja's 7-0 World Cup victory over Los Ticos is like throwing mashed potatoes at a Van Gogh.

This was always the danger for Old Man Costa Rica: 35-year-old Keylor Navas, 34-year-old Celso Borges and 33-year-old Óscar Duarte getting torn apart by 22-year-old Ferran Torres and Barcelona teenage prodigies Pedri and Gavi. 

Messi and Argentina choke on their own hype in Saudi Arabia's historic upset

Argentina, ranked third in the FIFA Rankings and a trendy pick to win the World Cup, has suffered one of the greatest upsets in tournament history after Saudi Arabia, ranked 51st and expected to finish fourth in Group C, went toe-to-toe with the South American giant and prevailed 2-1. 

The match had presented Argentina with a chance at equaling Italy's international record of 37 games unbeaten, but that streak is over and more importantly, La Albiceleste are in serious trouble with Mexico (Nov. 26) and Poland (Nov. 30) up next.   

Beware Spain! Costa Rica beat Nigeria with fantastic display of TICO-taka

Barcelona and Spain's national team popularized tiki-taka in soccer. But their hypnotic passing style — when a squad tries to control the ball and dominate its opponent — is not alone . In Costa Rica there exists the tico-taka, which was on full display during a 2-0 win over Nigeria on Wednesday night. 

It's true we're used to seeing Costa Rica with a more rough and raw style of play, but from time to time they show they can produce beautiful and poetic moments of fútbol. And that's when this tico-taka appears. 

One last dance? Well-known group of veterans lead Costa Rica's 26-man list for the World Cup

Costa Rica head coach Luis Fernando Suarez entrusted veterans Keylor Navas, Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell and Oscar Duarte to lead their challenge at the Qatar World Cup as he named his 26-man selection for the tournament on Thursday.

The tournament will be the quartet's third World Cup finals appearance, with Suarez also including the likes of Francisco Calvo, Yeltsin Tejeda and Kendall Waston.

There was also a place for young Sunderland striker Jewison Bennette who opened his international account with two goals against South Korea in September.

Team-by-team guide: 2022 Costa Rica World Cup preview

To prepare you for the tournament, The18 has launched team-by-team previews for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Here's the Costa Rica World Cup 2022 preview. Los Ticos will play in Group E against Spain, Germany and Japan.

Costa Rica World Cup Preview 2022

World Cup appearances: 6th

Best finish: Quarterfinals (2014)  

Costa Rican young star could miss the World Cup after positive doping test

Costa Rica midfielder Orlando Galo has tested positive for a prohibited substance following a random test carried out in September, the country's football federation (FCRF) said on Tuesday.

Galo, who has played nine times for Costa Rica and helped them qualify for the World Cup, tested positive for Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) after his sample was among 15 randomly taken during their friendly tour of South Korea last month.

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