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Costa Rica unlikely to spring a World Cup surprise

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Squad

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense) Daniel Cambronero (Herediano).

Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew), Michael Umana (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Bruges), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Heiner Mora (Saprissa), Junior Diaz (Mainz 05), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls).

Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Christian Bolanos (Copenhagen), Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano).

Forwards: Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven, on loan from Fulham), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos, on loan from Arsenal), Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Marco Urena (FC Kuban Krasnodar).

Fixtures

14th June v Uruguay (Fortaleza)

20th June v Italy (Recife)

24th June v England (Belo Horizonte)

Strengths

Boss Jorge Luis Pinto sets up a rigid team in a 3-6-1 formation. Overloading the midfield will frustrate opponents. Their players will rarely roam from their position so when they lose possession, they are quick to regain their shape and become difficult to break down.

Weaknesses

Playing with their backs against the wall proves tough for the Costa Ricans, often crumbling in the latter stages of games. Once they concede a goal, they are prone to collapse.

Key Player

Keylor Navas. A consistent performer for Levante, the stopper will be vital to a Costa Rica side that will expect to be dominated.

Prediction

It is difficult to imagine them progressing from such a tough group.

Odds

2500/1

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