By: Ashok Purohit
Costa Rica has picked 13 players from the squad that reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for its upcoming friendly against Oman in Sohar on October 10.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz and Everton defender Bryon Oviedo headline the 21-member squad that will visit Oman under interim coach Paulo Wanchope.
Currently ranked 15th in the world, its highest ever FIFA ranking, the Ticos will provide a tough test for Oman, which is preparing for the 22nd Gulf Cup, scheduled to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from November 13-26.
Three days after the October 10 game, Oman, coached by Frenchman Paul Le Guen, will take on Uruguay in Buraimi in another friendly.
In Brazil this summer, Costa Rica emerged as a surprise package. Under Colombian coach Jorge Luis Pinto, the team came up with its best performance in World Cup history by topping a group that comprised former champions Uruguay, Italy and England.
In the last-16 stage, Costa Rica defeated Greece 5-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Then on its maiden last-eight appearance, the Costa Ricans emphatically held a fancied Netherlands side to a goalless draw in regulation and extra-time before losing 3-4 in the penalty shootout.
Squad: Keylor Navas, Esteban Alvarado, Christian Gamboa, Junior Diaz, Roy Miller, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Oscar Duarte, Bryan Oviedo, Felicio Brown, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Jose Cubero, Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz, Marcos Urena, John Ruiz, Alvaro Saborio, Jhonny Acosta, Juan Bustos, David Ramirez, Jogan Venegas.
SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY