A Costa Rican team urged to achieve its first victory in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup in Qatar, will receive El Salvador next Sunday, with a better attendance than its opponent, but is also committed to moving closer to the leading positions.
Costa Rica reached the fifth in the penultimate position and El Salvador ranked one.
With 12 points already played, the United States leads the CONCACAF final octet and is occupied by Mexico, both teams with 8 points. It is followed by Canada (6), Panama (5), El Salvador (5), Costa Rica (3), Honduras (3) and Jamaica (1).
With goalkeeper Keylor Navas as a great figure, the choice of Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suarez could not afford to lose more points at home after the 0-1 loss to Mexico and the 1-1 draw against Jamaica in the September window.
The obligation of Costa Rica and El Salvador to attend a maximum of 5,000 followers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, as indicated in the protocol issued by the Ministry of Health on the pandemic.
Costa Rica only adds three points after four rounds, so a victory over El Salvador is practically mandatory if Ticos wants to stay in the fray for the three direct World Cup tickets that CONCACAF’s eight-time final gives away.
The Costa Rican national team came from a goalless draw during its visit to Honduras, a result that lifted the team’s morale but once again revealed the problems that the team has to generate in offensive football.
Defensively, Costa Rica has remained relatively strong with Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas as a great saver.
For the commitment against El Salvador, the Costa Rican national team will withdraw right-back Ricardo Blanco due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
The big unknown is the playing system coach Suarez will use, as he changed his traditional 4-4-2 style in a 5-3-2 match that gave more organization to the defense against Honduras.
For their part, the Salvadoran team comes to the match motivated by the lead after its victory the day before at home with a score of 1-0 over Panama, which brought it to 5 points in the fifth box of the classification.
For the team led by Hugo Perez, it will be the second game away from home after the match against Canada in Toronto, where they lost 3-0.
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