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Match Once - Spain vs Costa Rica - ITV1 4pm GMT live from the Al Thumama Stadium

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It's the Al Thumama Stadium, which you might remember from Senegal vs Netherlands on Day 2.


A bit like Germany for me, not first choice favourites or anything, but lots of talented players, never write them off. Reached the semis of the Euros and arguably were the better team against Italy in that match.

Costa Rica

Had their best ever World Cup in 2014, reaching the quarter finals. Not sure they have produced much fresh talent to repeat that feat though. Best known player possibly Keylor Navas, the goalkeeper.

Head to Head

This is the first time these teams have faced each other in a competitive game.

TV Coverage

Woodsy + Nev Souness Aluko. Commentary from Clive and Dixon.

Spirit of 2014


Costa Rica need some of this today.



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"Keylor Navas: most overrated goalkeeper in world football."

- Lee Michael Dixon, 2018

This could be fun. :p


Predicted a 3-1 Spain win, but after recent results, and after seeing Rodri at centre-back... er, congratulations, Costa Rica! :D

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Shout out to the Costa Rica boss who joins an elite list who have managed three or more countries at different World Cups

  • Bora Milutinovic (5) - Mexico 1986, Costa Rica 1990, USA 1994, Nigeria 1998, China 2002
  • Carlos Alberto Parreira (5) - Kuwait 1982, UAE 1990, Brazil 1994, Saudi Arabia 1998, Brazil 2006, South Africa 2010
  • Henri Michel (4) - France 1986, Cameroon 1994, Morocco 1998, Ivory Coast 2006
  • Guus Hiddink (3) - Netherlands 1998, South Korea 2002, Australia 2006
  • Hernan Gomez (3) - Colombia 1998, Ecuador 2002, Panama 2018
  • Luis Fernando Suarez (3) - Ecuador 2006, Honduras 2014, Costa Rica 2022
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1 minute ago, RTHerringbone said:

Busquets can't tackle so surely he'll be in midfield. He'd be a total liability near the box with players running at him.

Total waste of Rodri's ability on and off the ball to have him in CB though. 

Whichever one is DEF makes no sense though. 

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1 minute ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Spain's starting lineup consists of 3 washed up players past it, a DM playing as CB, two teenagers, two players who barely get minutes in meaningful games, one player who's just coming back from injury and Laporte.

12/1 for a Costa Rica win just before KO. 

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