Australia boast the scorer of arguably the goal of the tournament to date in Tommy Oar. Costa Rica have Colombia 2011's youngest marksman in John Ruiz. Both players, however, would have given their bref celebrations up to have basked in the success of three points. And that is what the teams will be gunning for when they square off in their scond Group C game.
Australia-Costa Rica, Wednesday 3 August, Manizales, 8:00pm (local time)
The Young Socceroos' opening draw may mean they enter the match a point above their opponents, but with the mighty Spain to play in their last game in the section, they know they have to get something against Los Ticos to stay in with a realistic chance. Having disappointed for large chunks against Ecuador, Jan Versleijen must decide whether to make any alterations to his starting XI. The Dutchman will also be hoping for more of an impact from Mustafa Amini, who arrived in Colombia with some hype to justify. Costa Rica, despite ultimately losing 4-1, asked some serious questions of the European runners-up. In Joel Campbell, Ronald Gonzalez has a superb creator at his disposal, but he will need his charges to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to seize a maximum haul.
8 – The number of matches Australia have now gone without winning in FIFA U-20 World Cups. Since upsetting eventual champions Brazil 3-2 at UAE 2003, they have drawn three and lost five.
Jan Versleijen, Australia coach: “If you want to qualify for the next stage you need at least four points. It would be good if we can do that by the end of the second game against Costa Rica. I saw the [Spain-Costa Rica] game. They are a team that likes to play a short passing game. They are good on the short combinations, have some skilful players up front. It will be very tough for us.”
John Ruiz, Costa Rica forward: “We can take confidence from the performance against Spain. We lost [4-1]. but that was not a reflection on how even the game was. Australia are a very different team, but I believe we can get the win. It's important we start well and don't allow ourselves to have a deficit to make up.”