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Spain vs Costa Rica FIFA World Cup Live Score 23/11/2022

Spain vs Costa Rica FIFA World Cup Live Score 23/11/2022

Spain head coach Luis Enrique has announced his final 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar. There’s spots for the likes of Barcelona youngsters Ansu Fati and Gavi, while Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) and Rodri Hernandez (Manchester City) are also included. There is, however, no place for PSG’s Sergio Ramos or Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara. The 2010 World Cup winners will kick off their group E campaign against Costa Rica on Wednesday 23 November. They’ll be eager to hit back but are in a tough looking Group E with Germany and Japan. Luis Enrique’s La Roja will be looking to go far at the showpiece tournament having struggled at their last two World Cups.

Spain did breeze through their qualification group and have an exciting young squad. Costa Rica beat New Zealand in their qualification play-off tie to reach Qatar. The game will be held at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha. The action will be live on talkSPORT from midday and we will also have a special pre-match preview show and plenty of analysis after full-time. Natalie Sawyer will be your host and commentary will come from Nigel Adderley and former England defender Stuart Pearce. The European powerhouse are going to be one of the biggest stories in the tournament and are also likely to be one of the major favourites to win the whole thing. Spain have an array of stars, including the likes of Barcelona’s Pedri and Ferran Torres, Manchester City’s Rodri, and Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio.

Costa Rica don’t have anywhere near as many huge talents, but they are a remarkably tough team to beat, getting to the tournament by virtue of a World Cup qualifying play-off win over New Zealand. The 2010 world champions get their campaign underway against Los Ticos and should be backed to claim a solid opening victory Spain begins its 2022 World Cup campaign against Costa Rica, on Nov. 23, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha. The Spaniards will be looking to recreate the success they had in 2010 when “La Roja” won it all. Spain enters the tournament with the fourth-best odds to win it all and is ranked as the seventh-best team in the world according to FIFA’s official rankings. Head Coach Luis Enrique will have a plethora of well-versed veterans such as captain Sergio Busquets, but also a healthy mix of young stars like Kopa Trophy winner Gavi.

Costa Rica enters the tournament with very different expectations. The 31st-ranked team opens up the 2022 World Cup with the lowest odds to win it. “Los Ticos” will need contributions from all 11 men on the pitch, and will look to their captain, Bryan Ruiz, for steady play in the midfield. Ruiz is one of several veterans that helped Costa Rica qualify over the summer in the third round of CONCACAF matches. Spain’s current form paired with the talent it employs will be far too much for Costa Rica to handle in the first match of the tournament. It will be interesting to see how both teams perform playing their first game in the dry desert climate. You can expect Spain to start the tournament off with a solid win. Spain will be looking for all the points it can find with Germany being a threat to win Group E. Costa Rica’s attack is simply not up to par with the powerhouses it shares the group with.

The Luis Fernando-Suárez-managed team averaged just under a goal in World Cup qualifiers at 0.93 goals per match. Los Ticos often fall back on their defense, which has performed well in recent games thanks to Real Salt Lake’s Bryan Oviedo, among others. This game will likely start slow with both teams feeling each other out. Spain should control possession with the world-class experience it has in the midfield. Enrique’s side will likely find a goal late in the first half, and once again early on in the final 45 minutes. Costa Rica will create some chances with Joel Campbell at the helm, but in the end, Spain has far too many high-level defenders to deny a goal from the opposing side.

Event details:
NAME: Spain – Costa Rica
DATE: 23 Nov 2022
TIME: 16:00 UTC
VENUE: Al-Thumama Stadium, Al-Thumama, Qatar

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