Thursday 30 March 2023

‘Sele’ faces uphill battle after losing 1-0 to Mexico

Costa Rica was seen with more ideas than before Panama. However, a lack of Bryan Oviedo on Andrés Guardado changed the course of history

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QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica’s national team, ‘La Seleccion’ or ‘Sele’, lost against Mexico 1-0 at the jewel of La Sabana, in a match that marked the return of fans to the stands in the country.

Keylor Navas (in black) pumping up his teammates. Photo John Duran

Without showing their best version, the “Tri’ (Mexico) added another three points and with six commands the Concacaf octagonal table heading to Qatar 2022.

However, for the ‘Sele’ the panorama is very different, now facing an uphill battle on their goal to be in the 2022 World Cup.

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Costa Rica barely registers a point in two outings: on Wednesday (September 2) they tied 0-0 with Panama, in Panama, and losing on Sunday, September 5 at home.

Keylor Navas (in black) looks on as the Trio (Mexico’s national team) scored on a penalty kick, giving the Mexicans a win and points on the scorecard to the 2022 World Cup. Photo John Duran

On Wednesday, September 8, they will host Jamaica, again with a maximum of 3,000 fans in the stands, with the obligation to win so as not to get into more trouble.

Not a bad game

It was not a bad game, an error by Bryan Oviedo resulted in a penalty kick translated into a goal by Orbelín Pineda, that even the great, best of the best, Kaylor Navas, could not stop, gave the Mexicans the win.

Francisco Calvo is one of the Costa Rican players who received a yellow card.  Photo John Duran

The Ticos did not lack the will to win, but at the end of the day it is fútbol (soccer) and the results are what rule.

The Fans

Although, due to the covid measures, authorities allowing only 3,000 fans in the stands, and the high cost of tickets (¢95,000), scared the public away, preferring to watch in on the tube.

For the first time since the pandemic began, there were fans in the National Stadium, although in very few numbers. Photo Rafael Pacheco Granados

“These prices will not be repeated,” said the president of the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol (Fedefútbol), Rodolfo Villalobos, in declerations to Teletica sports.

From high top the Hotel Hilton. Photo Rafael Pacheco Granados
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On Sunday, 800 tickets remained without being bought.

The fans return to the stadium, but not all the tickets that were put on sale were sold. Photo John Duran

However, pandemic or not, the party outside the stadium was on.

Mexicans organized the party outside the National Stadium in La Sabana
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