Colombia vs Costa Rica Preview, Prediction, Lineups and Team News

Colombia vs Costa Rica Preview, Prediction, Lineups and Team News | Copa America 2024

Preview

  • Tournament: Copa America
  • Date: Friday, June 28
  • Kick-off Time: 1100 pm GMT
  • Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, United States

Colombia national football team will face the Costa Rica national football team in their second game of Copa America at the University of Phoenix Stadium in the United States. This will be the 16th time both sides meet each other on the international stage.

Colombia will aim for a positive outcome on Friday against a side that will be the lowest-seeded squad in Group D. Los Cafeteros will look for further glory in this tournament and secure their spot in the quarter-finals with a victory over Costa Rica. They have been drawn alongside Costa Rica, Paraguay and Brazil. Nestor Lorenzo is the current head coach of the Colombia national team. The game is likely to be in favour of Colombia as they boast a brilliant winning record against Costa Rica. Colombia have been in tremendous form as they remain unbeaten in their previous 24 international games.

Meanwhile, the Costa Rica national football team shared a point with Brazil in their last game. Their current four-match unbeaten run is the longest stretch without a defeat. They have a poor track record against Colombia and will struggle to get past them.

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Colombia vs Costa Rica Team News

Colombia Squad
Colombia Squad (Getty Images)

Colombia national football team news

Colombia will be without the services of Jhon Lucumi who Yerry Mina replaced in their last encounter against Paraguay. James Rodriguez became the first player in the tournament’s history to bag two assists in a single group-stage game. 35-year-old Camilo Vargas will remain in between the sticks for Nestor Lorenzo’s side.

Costa Rica national football team news

Costa Rica, on the other hand, is expected to play a defensive setup against group-leaders Colombia. There are no injury concerns in the Costa Rica camp and are expected to name a strong 5-3-2 lineup.

Costa Rica Squad
Costa Rica Squad (Getty Images)

Predicted Lineups

Colombia national football team Predicted lineup:

Vargas; Munoz, Sanchez, Mina, Mojica; Rios, Lerma, Arias, Rodriguez, Duran, Diaz

Costa Rica national football team Predicted lineup:

Sequeira; Quiros, Mitchell, Vargas, Calvo, Lassiter; Galo, Bran, Aguilera; Zamora, Ugalde

Head-to-Head

The two sides have faced off 15 times in the past, with the Colombia national football team securing 10 easy wins and losing four games. The remaining one match ended in a draw between both sides.

Last one result:

Colombia 3-1 Costa Rica – International Friendly – October 16, 2018
Costa Rica 3-2 Colombia – Copa America – June 11, 2016
Colombia 1-0 Costa Rica – International Friendly – June 6, 2015
Colombia 1-0 Costa Rica – Copa America – July 2, 2011
Colombia 2-0 Costa Rica – Copa America – July 17, 2004

Key Players to Watch out for

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez (Getty Images)

The former Real Madrid star became the first South American player to assist twice in a Copa America group-stage match. Rodriguez who is second in the nation’s all-time leading goalscorer list will once again be at the forefront of the national team as the captain. The Colombia midfielder evoked memories of his stellar performance in the 2014 World Cup after securing a 2-0 win over Paraguay on Monday night.

Joel Campbell

Joel Campbell
Joel Campbell (Getty Images)

The 32-year-old forward is one of the experienced and influential members of the Costa Rican squad. Campbell broke into the first team back in 2011 and has earned 140 caps since then registering 27 goals in the process. The former Arsenal striker participated in three World Cup tournaments and made two Copa America appearances.

Colombia vs Costa Rica Prediction

Colombia national football team have been labeled as one of the favorites to win the Copa America this summer. They secured an emphatic victory 2-1 victory over Paraguay in their opening game of the tournament. A win against Costa Rica on Friday would secure their spot in the quarter-finals. Los Cafeteros have a great history against Costa Rica and are being treated as dark horses by many in this tournament.

Costa Rica national football team, meanwhile, will find it difficult to get past Colombia in their next game. They have a poor record against the side who are unbeaten in their last 24 international games. They still managed to steal a point from Brazil in their opening goalless tie in the tournament.

Predicted Score: Colombia 2-0 Costa Rica 

Where to Watch Colombia vs Costa Rica Live?

QWhere to watch Colombia vs Costa Rica live in India?

The Colombia vs Costa Rica game will be televised on Sony Network/SonyLiv.

Q. Where to watch Colombia vs Costa Rica live game in UK?

The game between Colombia and Costa Rica will be live on Channel 4 in UK.

Q. Where to watch Colombia vs Costa Rica in USA?

The match between Colombia and Costa Rica will be available on FOX Sports.

Q. Where to watch Colombia vs Costa Rica game in Colombia?

The Colombia vs Costa Rica will be live on Caracol TV for Colombia fans.

Q. Where to watch Colombia vs Costa Rica live in Costa Rica?

The Colombia vs Costa Rica game will be available across Teletica for Costa Rica fans.

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