Spain will open their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica on Wednesday at the Al Thumama Stadium. These two sides, placed in Group E, will also have to deal with Germany and Japan. This is undoubtedly the group of death and every point in this group will count. On paper, Spain and Germany are slight favorites to be eliminated from the group, however, they are both experienced enough to remember that anything is possible in a tournament of this magnitude. Four years earlier in Russia, the German team had been knocked out in the group stage, while Spain had been knocked out in the round-of-16.
|spain vs costa rica||key details|
|place||Al Thumama Stadium|
|Kickoff time in India||9:30 p.m.|
|Kickoff Time in Spain||5 pm|
|Kickoff Time in Costa Rica||at 10 am|
|Kickoff Time in Qatar||at 7 pm|
This was the second consecutive World Cup that Spain had performed poorly after being knocked out at the group stage in Brazil 2014 as defending champions. However, the Spaniards have a chance to capitalize in Qatar. They did well after reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2020 last year before being knocked out on penalties to eventual winners Italy. They are going into the Qatar World Cup after finishing top of League A Group 2 in the Nations League. Meanwhile, Costa Rica got eliminated in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup. However, they have been on a good run recently after going unbeaten in their last five matches, which included four wins.
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Both the sides do not have much injury concerns ahead of their World Cup opener. Spain were dealt a blow when Jose Gaya was pulled out of the team due to injury. He was swiftly replaced by Alejandro Balde. Otherwise, they have more or less all available for this competition. Costa Rica, on the other hand, have no recent injury problems so they can field a strong starting XI as well. They will have a familiar face in the form of former Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas starting at the goalpost.
Spain probable line-up: Simon; Carvajal, Garcia, P Torres, Alba, Busquets, Pedri, Gavi; F Torres, Fati, Morata
Costa Rica probable line-up: Navas, C Martinez, Duarte, Calvo, Oviedo, Bennett, Tejeda, G Torres, Borges, Contreras, Campbell
|czech republic||5-2 (W)|
|South Korea||2-0 (W)|
|new zealand||3-0 (W)|
face to face
|Last 5 Matches (All Competitions)||Result|
|spain beat costa rica||5-0|
|spain beat costa rica||2-1|
|Costa Rica draws Spain||2-2|
spain vs costa rica live schedule and fixtures
The FIFA World Cup match between Spain and Costa Rica will be held at the Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday at 9.30 pm IST.
Where to watch Spain vs Costa Rica?
You can watch the FIFA World Cup in Qatar live on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD in India. Sports 18 will telecast the games on regular and HD channels. In addition, Viacom18 Sports announced that JioCinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Furthermore, the match between Spain and Costa Rica can be seen in Spain on Gol Mundial, TVE La 1, fuboTV España, RTVE.es; and in Costa Rica Teletica Radio 91.5, TDMax, Teletica en Vivo, Teletica Canal 7, Claro Sports, Sky HD.