Costa Rica will come against Mexico at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at 7:00 PM (ET) in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers 2022. Here, you will find the expected lineups of both teams that will appear in the Matchday 2 of the Final Round.
This will be their 58th overall meeting. There are no surprises here as Mexico are the firm favorites in head-to-head clashes, having celebrated a victory on 33 occasions so far; Costa Rica have grabbed a triumph just seven times to this day, and 17 games have ended in a draw.
Their most recent match was played on June 3, 2021, when El Tri emerged victorious on penalties after a goalless 0-0 draw in the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Semi-Finals. It promises to be an even more exciting clash as these two countries clash for the third time this year, this time at the World Cup 2022 Qualifiers.
Costa Rica vs Mexico: Confirmed lineups for Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers 2022 Final Round Matchday 2
While Keylor Navas did not play in the Gold Cup, he came back to play for Costa Rica against Panama, and he did not disappoint. The Ticos have a lot of experience, and Bryan Ruiz, who played as a substitute last week, may start this time around for the national side. With more than 100 caps for Brazil, he'll be joined by captain Celso Borges at midfield.
On the other hand, several of Mexico's star players are restricted from joining their national teams, thus El Tri will be without a number of their most important players, with Raul Jimenez being one of them. A replacement for Jimenez has been named, and it is Santiago Gimenez. Ahead of these qualifications, Hector Herrera and Hirving Lozano were left out owing to injuries.
Costa Rica confirmed starting XI:
Navas; Blanco, Duarte, Calvo, Oviedo; Guzmán, Borges; Leal, Ruiz, Matarrita; Moya.
Mexico confirmed starting XI:
Ochoa; Dominguez, Montes, Araujo, Gallardo; Rodríguez, Alvarez, Guardado; Corona, Funes Mori, Vega.