Costa Rica and New Zealand battle it out for the ultimate remaining spot at this 12 months’s World Cup in Qatar.
- Costa Rica beat New Zealand 4-0 the one time the groups met prior to now
- Tonight’s winner will develop into the ultimate participant on the 2022 World Cup
- Winner will slot into Group E with Spain, Germany and Japan
- Thirty first- ranked Costa Rica bidding to succeed in third consecutive World Cup
- New Zealand have managed two World Cup appearances prior to now
Costa Rican followers taking up the stadium
1000’s of Costa Rican followers have descended on to the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium to cheer for his or her nationwide group. They’re singing and dancing. Followers draped within the Costa Rica flags have been seen taking photos with relations, buddies and locals, whereas blowing trumpets and taking part in the drums. As compared, it’s troublesome to pick any New Zealand supporters outdoors or contained in the stadium (very similar to yesterday however then all of us bear in mind who had the final snicker) – Usaid Siddiqui at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Closing World Cup spot up for grabs
New Zealand and Costa Rica will combat it out for the ultimate World Cup 2022 spot in Doha in what would be the final match of the prolonged qualifying marketing campaign for the 2022 World Cup that kicks off in November.
Costa Rica are ranked 31 whereas New Zealand sit at 101 within the FIFA rankings.
Learn our match preview right here.
Reaching third World Cup ‘an obsession’
Ought to Costa Rica qualify for the 2022 World Cup, it will likely be coach Luis Fernando Suarez’s third look on the World Cup and first with Costa Rica.
He was with Ecuador on the 2006 World Cup and Honduras in 2014.
“The phrase I’ve used most in all these interviews over the previous couple of days is ‘obsession’, a phrase that’s generally frowned upon. I don’t see it like that. There are good obsessions. And my third World Cup is an obsession for me,” stated Suarez.
Can @fedefutbolcrc 🇨🇷 safe the ultimate spot on the World Cup?
⤵️ In an interview with FIFA+, head coach Luis Fernando Suarez has revealed that he has a particular word on his fridge door reminding him of the problem forward
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 14, 2022
Message for Costa Rica
Former Costa Rica winger Harold Wallace has despatched a robust message to the present gamers.
“This jersey isn’t for everybody, so in the event you’re not able to defend these colors please hand it over to somebody who’s keen to die for the nation,” stated Wallace who described taking part in on the 2018 World Cup as being one of many best moments of his profession.
“The whole lot that I had labored for throughout the sport of soccer had all come all the way down to this one second. When the Costa Rica nationwide anthem started to play, I couldn’t maintain again tears of pleasure – that’s how a lot it means, particularly on the World Cup stage,” he stated.
‘Don’t die questioning’
New Zealand soccer legend Ryan Nelson has inspired the All Whites to “give it their all”.
“One shot for glory is simply superior. You’ll be able to’t get by means of a sport like this by yourself. You want your team-mates. Solely you as a participant know in the event you’ve given every thing. Just remember to can have a look at the mirror and know that you just’ve given every thing,” stated Nelson, who helped New Zealand qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Former All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen has a message for the present squad forward of their match towards Costa Rica.
— New Zealand Soccer (@NZ_Football) June 14, 2022