Enugu's final day of Group D competition will conclude with a winner-takes-all contest between Burkina Faso and Costa Rica. A win will likely seal a knockout berth but Burkina Faso have the luxury of knowing that a draw would almost certainly see them progress provided New Zealand lose against group winners Turkey in a match played simultaneously in Calabar.
This match promises to be as entertaining as it will be dramatic. The two sides have hitherto shown flashes of attacking flair but the nature of their performances suggest there is more in reserve. To some degree both teams are familiar with the kind of heat and humidity experienced in Enugu but regardless of the temperature this promises to be end-to-end throughout. The two combatants have endured differing experiences in their previous outing: Burkina Faso bombarded New Zealand without managing to claim all three points, while Costa Rica were put to the sword by the slick Turks.
28 - Burkina Faso laid siege to New Zealand's goal on 28 seperate occasions but had just one goal, and one point, to show for it. The Africans ability to finish might prove the difference in this contest.
"We have improved from the first game to the second game. If my players learn like this from game to game, then I want to stay in the competition so that we can make further (developmental) progress. You have seen that we can back ourselves in the defeat against Turkey and I promise that we will try to come back and beat Costa Rica. I think they are at the same level that we are." Rainer Willfeld, Burkina Faso coach.
"Costa Rica came to this World Cup to play good football and to attack our opponents goal. Our objective is to win and provide a good game for the people of Enugu." Juan Diego Samuel, Costa Rica coach.