After damaging defeats in their opening matches, Australia and Costa Rica know that a salvage mission awaits them when action resumes in the coastal city of Port Said.
Australia-Costa Rica, Port Said, Wednesday 30 September, 16:00 (local time)
"In a group stage with three games, losing your first match makes the job for the second simple: you must get three points." So said Australia coach Jan Versleijen after his side's 2-1 defeat to Czech Republic, making clear his belief that anything but victory will constitute failure for the Young Socceroos. Versleijen will need to cope without the suspended Ryan McGowan, while the challenge for his Costa Rican counterpart, Ronald Gonzalez, is to repair his players' morale after that thumping 5-0 defeat to Brazil.
15 - Despite the scoreline, Costa Rica gave the Brazilian defence plenty of problems, illustrated by their impressive tally of 15 attempts on goal. Yet although this was five more than the Czechs managed in their 2-1 win over Australia, and two more than Honduras in their 3-0 victory over Hungary, it was the accuracy of Los Ticos' shooting which proved their downfall. While the clinical Brazilians found the target with 52 per cent of their 25 efforts, Costa Rica worked the goalkeeper only thrice, giving them a meagre success rate of 20 per cent.
"Costa Rica had a tough experience, but everyone knows that Brazil are one of the best teams in the football world, so I don't put too much store by the fact they lost 5-0. All I know is that we will have to improve our own performance if we are going to win this match. We definitely have a lot more quality than we showed against the Czechs," Jan Versleijen, Australia coach.
"We were very disappointed by what happened against Brazil but the World Cup is not just one match and we still have a chance. First though, we have to fight to become better, show some dignity and think of all the people back home who are supporting us. I am certain that my team are better than they showed against Brazil and hopefully they will prove that against Australia," Ronald Gonzalez, Costa Rica coach.