FIFA World Cup 2022: Spain vs Costa Rica prediction, time, live streaming details

Spain’s World Cup campaign begins on November 23 when they meet Central American team Costa Rica. The 2010 world champions are likely to be frustrated by the defensive strategy of the bottom of Group E.


Despite entering the competition with a very young squad, Spanish football manager Luis Enrique has access to plenty of talent. After reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and finishing runners-up in the recent UEFA Nations League, fans are hoping Spain will have a successful tournament in Qatar 2022.

Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suarez said that unlike Enrique, who has a more dominant role in the team, he would only “help” the leaders. In my group I have different leaders. I can have a few of them so I can manage them, Suarez said at a news conference while naming Bryan Ruiz, Keylor Navas and Joel Campbell as the team’s leaders.



Despite suffering a calf injury in Chelsea’s Premier League defeat by Newcastle, Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to recover in time for the opening game. Valencia captain Jose Gaya sprained his ankle while training with the national team, which has seriously threatened his chances of playing in the future.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica are aware that the results of Spain and Germany against them could determine Group E’s outcome. While no one but their fans would expect them to win against the European giants, an upset from a small side can go a long way. We already saw that in Saudi Arabia’s performance against Argentina. Costa Rica’s best performance came in Brazil 2014 when they managed to reach the quarter-finals after topping a group that included the likes of England, Italy and Uruguay. Even a draw against Spain can ultimately help them.

head to head

The game between Spain and Costa Rica on November 23 is only the fourth time the sides have met and it will be the first competitive game between the two. They have already played each other three times, with La Roja winning twice and drawing once.

key figures

Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas will be instrumental to his team’s success as they hope to win. He is one of the best goalkeepers in football history. Spain will benefit from Sergio Busquets and Gavi, who are expected to cause some trouble for the opposition. Also, they have midfielder Pedri, a special player who can play as a wide playmaker.

Date, time & place

The match between Spain and Costa Rica will take place on November 23 at 21:30 (Indian time) at Al Thumama Stadium in Al Thumama.

Live streaming details

The Spain-Costa Rica match will be broadcast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels in India and the Jio Cinema app and website both offer free live streaming of the event.


Costa Rica will manage to limit Spain for a while thanks to Navas. However, the Spanish attack will be too hot for them. Expect at least three goals from Spain, who are unlikely to concede.

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