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Preview: South Korea vs Costa Rica - Predictions, Team News, Lineups

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Sports Mole previews Friday’s international friendly between South Korea and Costa Rica, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

At the last international break before the 2022 World Cup, Korea welcome Costa Rica to Deoyang Oulim Nuri Stadium for their latest match.

Both teams have an opportunity to create momentum, but each manager can also use this match as a chance to see different team members ahead of the next tournament.

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South Korea are undefeated in their 2022 World Cup qualifying group, but come into the match on the back of a loss.

The five-game unbeaten streak so far ended with a crushing 0-3 defeat against Japan in the East Asian Cup.

All three goals were conceded in the second half of that match. Paulo Bento Surprisingly after his team kept a clean sheet in a row before that.

With the World Cup just around the corner, South Korea are looking to build as much momentum as possible in their final two games.

Despite failing to score against Japan, Bent’s side are known for their attacking prowess, scoring 14 goals in their last six games.

Costa Rica's Juan Vargas celebrates with his teammates after scoring his first goal on 30 March 2022© Reuters

Costa Rica, on the other hand, are known as goalscorers as they have not scored more than two goals in a single game since July 2021.

Nevertheless, Luis Fernando Suarez There’s nothing to worry about as his team heads into Friday’s game following a winning streak, keeping two clean sheets in between.

Their most recent game was very important as they beat New Zealand with zero goals to officially qualify for the World Cup. Josh CampbellA three-minute finish is enough to separate them.

The upcoming tournament marks the third consecutive tournament Tikos has qualified for, but has a difficult group that includes Germany, Japan and Spain.

Costa Rica could gain as much momentum as possible before the trip to Qatar, and their strong defensive qualities could work well.

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South Korea's Son Heung-min photographed in November 2021© Reuters

Son Heung Min He scored his first goal of the season in the final match of the Premier League before the national team break, and scored a hat-trick to enter this match.

The Taiji Warriors are likely to have a different starting line-up than they did in their recent match against Japan. Jung Woo Young A return to midfield is set.

experienced goalkeeper Keylor Navas Missed due to elbow injury. Aaron Cruz You might end up spotting the number one spot for visitors.

Campbell is another player who should be part of the starting XI on Friday at the other end of the field given his impressive performance in Costa Rica.

Brian Lewis When Celso Borges They bring a lot of experience to Tikos and both push into match time ahead of what is likely to be the final World Cup experience.

South Korean starting lineup candidates:
Sunggyu; M Kim, Y. Cho, J. Park, J Kim; I Hwang, Paik, Woo-young; Son, U Hwang, G. Cho

Candidates for Costa Rica’s starting lineup:
Cruz; Martinez, Duarte, Calvo, Oviedo. Borges, Tejeda. Torres, Luis, Fuller.campbell

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Korean 3-1 Costa Rica

Both teams want to build as much momentum as possible ahead of the World Cup, and with each going to Qatar, it’s likely to be a tense friendly.

However, South Korea will have to take advantage of the fact that they are playing at home, and their offensive qualities are likely to be enough to get them through in this match.

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