Welcome to Sportstars live coverage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group E match between Spain and Costa Rica to be played at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.
Unai Simon (TG), Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets (c), Gavi, Marco Asensio Ferran Torres, Rodri, Jordi Alba, Dani Olmo, Aymeric Laporte, Pedri Gonzalez
Keylor Navas (GK&c), Keysher Fuller, Celso Borges, Oscar Duarte, Anthony Contreras, Bryan Oviedo, Jewison Bennette, Joel Campbell, Francisco Calvo, Carlos Martinez, Yeltsin Tejeda
Spain will try to forget their 2014 and 2018 World Cup campaigns when they turn a page in the 2022 edition in their opening match against Costa Rica in Qatar on Wednesday.
Luis Enrique will have to opt for a younger team and fly to Qatar without veterans like Sergio Ramos and Thiago Alcantara.
Instead, he expects the brigade of Pedri, Gavi Paez and Ansu Fati to lead the country’s quest for a second World Cup.
La Furia Roja arrive in the World Cup after beating Jordan 3-1 in their last warm-up game, which saw Fati and Gavi make their names on the scorer’s list.
On the other hand, Costa Rica enters the tournament with a reputation as a surprise giant killer.
At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Costa Rica overpowered Italy – a four-time world champion – and Uruguay – a two-time world champion – to finish as quarter-finalists.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup has already seen massive excitement as Argentina lost to Saudi Arabia in the opening game.
With Spain entering the game as the stronger side on paper, care must be taken not to be complacent on a stage that is always full of surprises.
Spain go into the game with four wins and one loss in their last five games against Switzerland. Costa Rica, on the other hand, have three wins in their last five aggregates and come into the match after beating Nigeria 2-0.
His recent clash with Iraq was canceled due to passport problems.
Head to head:
Since 2010, Spain and Costa Rica have met three times and not once has the 2010 world champion lost, won two and drawn one.
- ⦿Spain: Simon – Carvajal, Torres, Laporte, Alba – Pedri, Busquets, Gavi – Sarabia, Morata, Torres
- ⦿Costa Rica: Navas – Oviedo, Calvo, Watson, Duarte, Fuller – Bennette, Tejeda, Borges, Contreras, Campbell
Spain vs Costa Rica: Kick-off, TV broadcast and live streaming details
When does the Spain vs Costa Rica game start?
The game between Spain and Costa Rica starts at 21:30 IST.
Where does that come from? Spain vs Costa Rica kick-off?
The match between Spain and Costa Rica will be kicked off at Al Thumama Stadium.
Where to watch the World Cup in India?
All FIFA World Cup matches are televised live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. The tournament will streamed live on JioCinema on Android and iOS.