The Costa Rica vs Belize match will be held at the Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM Pacific. Costa Rica won its opening match against Cuba 3-0, and will qualify to the quarterfinals by earning at least a draw against Belize. Belize succumbed to the USA by a score of 6-1, and will need to at least draw Costa Rica to avoid elimination from the tournament.
Costa Rica’s coach, Jorge Luis Pinto, decided to bring a somewhat alternate squad to the Gold Cup, in an effort to try out players that had not had constant participation in the Hexagonal matches. Nonetheless, this “B” squad was easily able to overcome Cuba; Costa Rica defeated them 3-0. Now, Costa Rica will face tiny Belize in what should turn out to be another easy victory for Costa Rica.
Belize lost its first match against the USA 6-1, where they were easily outmatched. To their credit, the Belize players played with heart and grit. Furthermore, it is being reported that several Belize players refused to take a bribe to throw the game against the USA. Refusing what could have been a sizable amount of money (most are semi-professional players), the Belize players have shown they are proud to play for their country, and won’t throw away that opportunity for anything
Costa Rica vs Belize Prediction
The Costa Rica vs Belize match will end in an easy victory for the Ticos. They are facing a semi-professional team that, although play with pride and love for their country, simply don’t have the talent to come up with a miracle victory. Costa Rica will dominate the match and easily come out with the win.
The Costa Rica vs Belize match will end in a 4-1 victory for Costa Rica, which will officially clinch a place in the quarterfinal stage. Costa Rica will then face off with the USMNT for the first spot in Group C on Tuesday, July 16.
Costa Rica vs Belize Television
The Costa Rica vs Belize match will be televised on Univision and Fox Soccer Channel this Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM Pacific.