Next Sunday July 25 at the AT&T Stadium, Costa Rica Y Canada They will be measured in the 2021 Gold Cup quarterfinals, at 6:00 p.m. The Ticos were in first place in Group C after having won their three games, while the Canadians were second in sector B with six points.
A lonely goal from the captain Bryan Ruiz gave victory to La Sele about Jamaica, to perfectly close the Group Phase. At minute 53, Ariel Lassiter He entered the area from the left side, avoiding a rival and threw a cross that La Comadreja finished off completely alone.
Unfortunately for Costa Ricans, the archer Leonel Moreira he was sent off at 72 ‘after an exit against an opponent who was leaving alone, putting his hand in to avoid a possible tie, so now it will be the turn of Esteban Alvarado to cover the three posts.
On the other hand, to United States a minute was enough for him to overcome by the slightest difference The Maple Leaf in duel for the leadership of the group. The locals went on the attack quickly from the opening whistle and on the first play, Sebastian Lletget entered from the left side to send a diagonal that closed Shaq Moore, with rivals who made very little effort to tie or overcome the result.
Clever! This is how the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals were: Qatar-El Salvador, United States-Jamaica, Mexico-Honduras and Costa Rica-Canada.
Next Sunday, July 25, the United States will face Jamaica in the quarterfinals. Here the preview, schedule, TV broadcast, possible events and more.
Next Saturday the Chivas del Guadalajara will be making their debut in the 2021 Apertura Tournament when they measure forces against Atlético San Luis. Here the preview.
Then we leave you the preview, schedule, possible alignments and other information about the meeting between Costa Rica Y Canada:
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When? Sunday, july 25
What time does it start? 6:00 p.m. (Central Mexico and US time); 4:00 p.m. (US Pacific Time) and 7:00 p.m. (US Eastern Time)
Where? AT&T Stadium
TV broadcast: TUDN, FOX Sports, UniMás and Onesoccer
Streaming Online: www.tudn.mx/, www.concacaf.com/es/concacaf-go/ and www.concacaf.com/es/app-oficial/
From the first meeting of the gold Cup in view of Guadalupe, Bryan Ruiz was criticized by the fans because he showed a low level when playing only 60 minutes, however, the Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suarez He acknowledged that the captain lacked the rhythm of competition, but that he was confident in his abilities, something that the man from the Alajuenense after silencing his critics by scoring against Jamaica to add the three units, explaining what their new role in the team is and sharing that they are fully motivated to win the tournament.
“There are people who have not understood that my role is now different in the National Team, now it is to help the teacher and the group in whatever they need, I am 36 years old and physically it is no longer so easy. We are at a time when with few weeks we have been grasping the idea and we must continue to improve and be responsible in what touches us “he commented.
“The goal is to win the Gold Cup, but now we hope to have a good game against Canada and go to the finals, then we will think about what is coming.”added The Weasel.
On the other hand, the coffee strategist was very happy with the attitude of his pupils after the difficult victory over the Reggae-Boyz, highlighting that before the biggest rival of the group they managed to get ahead thanks to the mettle and skill of the footballers.
“This kind of games is shown if one has players with a trade, who know what they are playing and who know the importance of these games, in this sense one has to be calm. I think it is the profession of the players. shown to play both Gold Cup and playoffs “, he communicated.
Despite the victory, the helmsman reported that he does not have an ‘ideal eleven’, apart from talking about his next rival in the quarterfinals.
“In every game that I have played I have taken the ideal eleven and I do not have any different situation so I will continue to put the ideal eleven according to the rival of the moment. We must be more consistent during the 90 minutes and we will try to make that happen, that is the most Important from now on. Canada plays very well. They have good possession of the ball and they have a job. The game they played against the United States was very good and we will have to be very careful. “, ended.
Bad news for Canada and it is that he will continue looking for a pass to the semifinals without two of his best forwards: Come on Akinola Y Cyle Larin. Akinola will not only be out of the CONCACAF tournament but will also miss the season of the Major League Soccer, after injuring the anterior cruciate ligament of his knee in the defeat with the United States.
Same case with Larin, who was also injured in that match, although with less severity: an injury to the soft tissues of the leg that will leave him out for weeks.
About the injury of Akinola, the British coach John Herdman He regretted what happened, accepting that everyone was devastated after learning the result of the MRI.
“It has been one of the lowest moments of my career. I have experienced an ACL on the female side (like DT from Canada), but this is the first time on the male side. Until the MRI was done, I still there was a little bit of hope, that it might be okay. And then it happened and everyone was devastated for him. It was a rough day. When they did an MRI, they just saw a little tear there. Generally, what you’re seeing is two to three weeks, about 14 days “, argument.
“He’s got a good mindset. He had a rough ride with some medical issues earlier this year, which I think helped him understand the mindset it will take to get through this. He’s already setting goals to get back in record time. He’s in good hands at Toronto FC. That’s the positive side of all this. He’s in a very good club with great medical care. So he’ll get the best care in North America. It’s going to be a complicated process, but hopefully We’ll bring one more. And if not, we’ll work with the guys we have and push them as far as we can. “, ended.
Likewise, his teammate in the Toronto FC, Tom Dwyer, expressed: “He is a fantastic kid, a fantastic talent. We are all behind him, we are all with him. I myself have had knee injuries and it is something you can recover from and be much stronger.”.
Costa Rica (4-3-3): Esteban Alvarado; Óscar Duarte, Giancarlo González, Keysher Fuller, Yael López; David Guzmán, Allan Cruz, Bryan Ruiz; Adrián Martínez, Ariel Lassiter and Joel Campbell.
Canada (3-4-1-2): Maxime Crépeau; Steven Vitória, Kamal Miller, Alistair Johnston; Samuel Piette, Liam Fraser, Tajon Buchanan, Richie Laryea; Junior Hoilett; Jonathan Osorio y Lucas Cavallini.
Yes OK Costa Rica He won the three duels of the Group Phase, his scores were not so large, getting into serious problems, besides they depend a lot on the veteran Ruiz, without forgetting that they lost their starting goalkeeper, an advantage in the end for the rivals.
Nevertheless, Canada It will not be easy for him either, losing two of his best men, but he does have other footballers who can perform in a great way up front. Added to that, The Maple Leaf it looked bad before United States, maybe because he already had the ticket to the next round, so they lowered the accelerator.
The duel aims to be close, but it could tip in favor of the Americans.
Prediction: Costa Rica 1-2 Canada
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