Though they have both lost their two matches and have zero points from their Canada 2007 adventures, Costa Rica and Scotland are feeling very different about their tournaments. The Central Americans are cursing their luck and their poor finishing after suffering a pair of narrow 1-0 defeats, while Scotland have looked out-of-sorts in falling 3-1 to Japan and 2-0 to Nigeria.
Both sides are desperate to get full points against each other not just for pride but for the possibility that they may be able to sneak into the second round as one of the best third-placed teams. Depending on how other results go, the Ticos have a better chance given their edge in goal difference.
Scottish midfielder Jamie Adams will miss the contest through suspension after picking up two yellow cards. Otherwise, both coaches should have a full contingent to choose from, though the Scots have been mixing and matching in a patchwork midfield.
This is the first U-20 World Youth Championship meeting between the two teams, though they met at the 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy™ when Costa Rica won 1-0.
"Well, at this point we've got to win at all costs since it's the only chance we've got to advance by getting one of the best third-place spots. We will try our utmost to do that. We'll have to see how the game pans out, but if we are well on top, we will definitely push to score goals and attack a lot more." Archie Gemmill, Scotland coach.
"You try to win every game that you play and the match against Scotland will be no different for us no matter how many points we have. Our mindset is to go out and win. Steven Fletcher and Graham Dorrance are Scottish attacking players that catch the eye certainly, with a lot of skill. But their strength seems to be the way that they play as a team unit, not in the individual excellence of any one or two players. We will have to play as a team to defeat them." Costa Rica coach, Geovanni Alfaro.
"They are physically strong and very direct. They're good players, but I think we need to attack them down the flanks and hit them quickly whenever we break forward." Costa Rica midfielder Celso Borges.