Closing poster for Wednesday in Qatar, the second match of the first day of Group E of the 2022 World Cup, Spain will make its debut in the competition against Costa Rica, a still formidable nation on the international scene. Undefeated against the South American team, the “Roja” remains in the semifinals of the last Euro after the disappointment against Russia in the 2018 round of 16. Zoom on the compositions of the two teams and the challenges of two selections with different ambitions for this World Cup 2022.
The compositions of the match Spain – Costa Rica
Composition of Spain
Here is the probable composition of Luis Enrique’s squad:
4-3-3: Unai Simon – Jordi Alba, Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Daniel Carvajal – Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Gavi – Ansu Fati, Alvaro Morata, Ferran Torres
Composition of Costa Rica
Here is the probable composition of Luis Fernando Suarez Guzman’s squad:
3-5-1: Keylor Navas – Oscar Duarte, Francisco Calvo, Juan Pablo Vargas – Bryan Oviedo, Jewison Bennette, Celso Borges, Yeltsin Tejeda, Joel Campbell, Carlos Martinez – Anthony Contreras
Spain – Costa Rica:
A sufficient renewal to launch a new dynamic for the “Roja”?
Remaining on the last two editions of the World Cup ended by disappointments and early eliminations in the group stage and in the round of 16, Spain arrive in Qatar after four years that have seen the staff of the Spanish selection experience great changes.
With the failure to select one of the symbolic players of the generation of world champions and victors at the European Championship, Sergio Ramos, it is a new generation that has taken power. Heirs to Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta, the young Rodri, Pedri and Gavi should apply for starting positions in the Spanish midfield behind an attack that will rely on Alvaro Morata to unlock the game.
Costa Rica: an experienced workforce and a goalkeeper of reference
Qualified at the last minute for this World Cup in Qatar thanks to a small success against New Zealand, Costa Rica enters the competition with a quality squad made up of a majority of players used to playing together despite sometimes delicate club situations.
If the situation of Keylor Navas is known to the general public, reduced to a substitute role for Gianluigi Donnarumma at Paris Saint-Germain, she has made competition the goal of her season like some of her teammates who have known the last few seasons quite complicated. Back in their homeland, Joel Campbell and Yeltsin Tejeda are the symbols of the older Costa Rican generation that should play their last World Cup while some hopefuls like Jewison Bennette give hope to the supporters of the selection.
The beautiful story of Luis Fernando Suarez Guzman’s team is certainly that of Bryan Ruiz, a 37-year-old midfielder who retired from the club and who will therefore play his last minutes as a professional player with his team (137 games for 28 goals). .
Spain – Costa Rica: Ansu Fati, the player to follow
With just four caps and one goal on his international debut, Ansu Fati is one of the competition’s biggest hopes. A pure product of the Barcelona lineup, the one who just turned 20 has had two top-notch seasons with his club and could lay claim to a starting spot with his selection.
Streaming Spain – Costa Rica: what time and on which channel to watch the match live?
With a broadcast of the “Club Qatar” program from 4 pm following the match between Germany and Japan, the entire beIN Sports editorial team will be mobilized to let you experience this meeting between Spaniards and Costa Ricans.
See you at 5 pm on beIN Sports 1 to watch the match live and exclusively on the antennas of the channel that will broadcast this 2022 World Cup in Qatar in full.