Costa Rica and Panama get their 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign underway.
Los Ticos have previously been crowned North and Central American champions on three previous occasions. However, since the Gold Cup has been inaugurated they’ve been to one final in which the United States outlasted them. Panama, meanwhile, has been runners-up on two occasions (2005 and 2013) though last time out they were unable to escape the group phase.
This will be their 60th meeting with just one previous showdown coming in the Gold Cup; a 2017 showdown which saw Costa Rica run out 1-0 winners, Panama midfielder Aníbal Godoy unfortunately put the ball into his own net.
When is Costa Rica vs Panama?
Costa Rica vs Panama takes place at DRV PNK Stadium on Tuesday, June 27th.
What is the kick-off time for Costa Rica vs Panama?
Costa Rica vs Panama will kick-off at 1:30am (UK time).
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Who is refereeing Costa Rica vs Panama?
Drew Fischer has been confirmed as the referee for Costa Rica vs Panama.
Costa Rica team news
Luis Fernando Suárez has selected a lopsided squad. No fewer than 16 of the 24 players he’s picked have won less than 10 international caps. In fact, Jussef Delgado (Pérez Zeledón), Josimar Alcócer (Alajuelense), Diego Campos (Degerfors IF), Ricardo Peña (Betis B), Warren Madrigal (Saprissa), Kevin Chamorro (Saprissa) and Alexandre Lezcano (Santos de Guápiles) are hoping to make their debuts sometime during this championship. On the flip side, Celso Borges (Alajuelense) and Joel Campbell (Alajuelense) have made over 100 appearances. Also between them, Borges and Campbell have scored 52 of the 75 international goals in Costa Rica’s squad.
Panama team news
In contrast, Panama has named four players who have made less than 10 international appearances. Jovani Welch (Académico de Viseu), Azarías Londoño (Comunicaciones), César Samudio (Marathón) and Eduardo Anderson (San Carlos) will be hoping to further their cap total. Cienciano midfielder Alberto Quintero is Panama’s most experienced campaigner in Thomas Christiansen’s squad having made 130 international appearances to date. But goals among this selection are few and far between. Cobresal forward Cecilio Waterman is Los Canaleros’ most prolific scorer with eight goals.
Scoreline prediction: Costa Rica 2-1 Panama
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