Costa Rica's first match in a World Cup against a European rival was against Scotland in Italy 90. REUTERS/Mayela Lopez
Costa Rica’s first match in a World Cup against a European rival was against Scotland in Italy 90. REUTERS/Mayela Lopez

This Wednesday, November 23, the selection of Costa Rica He will begin his journey in Qatar 2022 when he faces the Spanish team from 10:00 am time ethicscorresponding game for Group E, which also includes Germany and Japan, which will measure forces first thing in the morning at Khalifa International Stadium.

This will be the sixth participation of a Costa Rican team in a soccer world cup. It should be remembered that his first experience was in Italy 90, in which he had an outstanding performance, qualifying for the round of 16 of the orbital contest that was left in the hands of the Germans.

The best presentation of Costa Rica in a world cup was in Brazil 2014 under the technical direction of Colombian coach Jorge Luis Pinto. In the orbital rendezvous that took place in South American territory, the select reached the quarterfinals, and was eliminated by Netherlands from the penalty lane.

On the contrary, in Germany 2006 It was the poorest performance that the Central American eleventh has had, since in that world championship they went blank after losing all three games in the group stage. Costa Rica was guided by Alexandre Guimarães today in the América de Cali of Colombia.

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In its five appearances in a World Cup, Costa Rica has faced 12 teams from the Old Continent with a balance of three wins, four losses and five draws, with a total of 14 goals for and 21 against.

In Italia 90, Costa Rica met in the group stage against Scotlandwhom he defeated 1-0 with a score by Juan Arnoldo Cayasso, and later they faced each other with Sweden, which he beat 2-1 with goals from Róger Flores and Hernán Medford. In the round of 16 they were beaten 4-1 by the extinct czechoslovakiathe only goal for the Central Americans was the work of Ronald González.

Eight years had to pass for Costa Rica to return to a World Cup event, this time the first edition to be played on the Asian continent. The Ticos could not emulate what was done in Italy after being eliminated in the group stage by losing on goal difference with Turkeywith whom they tied 1-1.

In Germany 2006, the select they went hitless by losing all their matches in the group stage. Costa Rica debuted against the host country that beat it 4-2, the only goals of the Tricolor, were in charge of Paulo César Wanchope. In view of PolandIt was a 2-1 defeat.

For the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Costa Rica was the big surprise by beating the so-called “Group of Death” made up of Uruguay, England and Italy. After prevailing in the debut against charrúasthe Ticos They gave the big blow by defeating in their second outing the nationale with a solitary goal from Bryan Ruiz, and tied 0-0 with the British.

In the round of 16 he tied a goal with Greece, whom he surpassed from twelve steps 5-3. In the quarterfinals he met Mechanical orangewhich he led to the instance of penalties, falling 4-3 after equalizing without goals.

For the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he fell in his first outing against Serbian 1-0 and his only point was added after drawing 2-2 with Swiss, the annotations were by Kendall Waston and an own goal by goalkeeper Yan Sommer.


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