With a win and a draw each from their opening two games, only a highly improbable sequence of results will deny Group A's top two, Peru and Costa Rica, a place in the next round. Expect a keen contest none the less, with top spot as well as Latin pride at stake.
Costa Rica come into the tie in confident mood after seeing off hosts Korea Republic 2-0 in their last game to take top spot in the group on goal difference from Peru. The Incaicos joined them on four points after a scoreless draw in their second match against Togo, leaving the two Latin American sides to battle it out for top spot in the group this Friday.
Doubts remain about the fitness of Peruvian defender Jersi Socola, who took a knock to the leg in his side's opening game against the hosts. Apart from that, both coaches have a full squad to choose from.
This will be the first meeting between the sides at this age level. However, the pair did meet at the FIFA World Youth Championship Peru 2005, where the Ticos downed the hosts 2-0 en route to the quarter-finals.
"Although we're practically qualified, we're treating this game against Costa Rica with the utmost seriousness. They're difficult opponents who have shown what they're capable of in their opening games, and so we're expecting a quality match." Juan Jose Ore,Perucoach.
"We're very close to our objective of qualifying for the second round. Once we've done that, we can start thinking about what comes next. However, as we're not quite there yet, we need to remain focused for our final group game." Manuel Urena,Costa Ricacoach.