Costa Rica and Canada tee off in the quarter-finals of the Gold Cup on Monday at 12am (UK time) for a place in the penultimate round against Mexico.
El Tri‘s 3-0 win over Honduras has scheduled them in for the semi-finals at the NRG Stadium in Houston, with Tata Martino’s men now able to put their feet up and watch this contest with intrigue, as the victor awaits them.
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Scoreline prediction: Costa Rica 1-2 Canada
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Costa Rica vs Canada build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Costa Rica made light work of the group stages, topping the table in flawless fashion as Luis Fernando Suarez’s men won all three of their contests by an aggregate scoreline of 6-2, brushing past Guadeloupe, Suriname and Jamaica. Los Ticos have not made a Gold Cup final since 2002, nor have they been crowned champions since 1989, so Suarez will be desperate to get past Canada and inch ever closer to the North America showpiece in Paradise, Nevada.
Canada enter this contest without the likes of Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David, while Cyle Larin, who notched three goals in the group stages, is also out of the competition after sustaining a minor muscle injury. However, English-born head coach John Herdman will be determined to ensure injuries do not define his side’s competition. Les Rouges have not made it past the quarter-finals since 2007, so a ticket in the semis would indicate a sign of progress.
- Costa Rica (vs Jamaica): Moreira; Fuentes, Gonzalez, Duarte, Fuller; Cruz, Guzman, Ruiz; Martinez, Lassiter, Campbell.
- Canada (vs USA): Crepeau; Johnston, Vitoria, Miller; Laryea, Piette, Fraser, Buchanan; Hoilett, Larin, Akinola.
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Player to watch: Joel Campbell (Costa Rica)
There was once clamour on the terraces in north London for Arsene Wenger to afford Joel Campbell playing time at Arsenal, such was the impact he made during several fruitful loan spells away from the club during his formative years, particularly a short stint at Olympiacos. The San Jose striker famously netted the second goal in the club’s 2–0 win over Manchester United in the 2014 Champions League last-16, exciting Arsenal fans at the time. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old was unable to make significant headway on his return, and after further temporary moves away from the Emirates, he was sold to Frosinone in 2018. Now in Mexico, plying his trade for Monterrey, on loan from Club Leon, the 102-capped Costa Rica international probably wouldn’t have envisaged that, at 29, he would be playing in Liga MX, such was the promise he showed early on. Still a tricky customer on his day, at this year’s Gold Cup, Los Ticos’ talisman has been a real menace up front, so far netting two goals, and if the nation harbour genuine aspirations of reaching the semi-finals, then his involvement will be crucial against a stubborn Canada side.