Silver lining for Czechs, Ticos
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Costa Rica and Czech Republic switch from Port Said to Alexandria for their final Group E fixture after a second round of matches that witnessed both achieve their objectives.

The game
Costa Rica-Czech Republic, Alexandria, Saturday 3 October, 21:30 (local time)

The stakes
For Los Ticos, the goal was to restore their tarnished image and revive hopes of a place in the last 16 after that humbling 5-0 opening defeat to Brazil. An emphatic 3-0 victory over Australia ensured that both of these targets were met in some style. The Czechs, meanwhile, arguably fared even better, securing a place in the knockout rounds after executing a defensive gameplan to perfection in a goalless draw with A Seleção. With the teams' respective coaches, Ronald Gonzalez and Jakub Dovalil, tipping Brazil to return to winning ways against the Young Socceroos, this has been billed as a direct play-off for second place. Alexandria could be in for a treat.

The stat
4
- Czech Republic were thrilled with their 0-0 draw against Brazil, and no wonder. Jakub Dovalil and his U-20 players will know that their 2007 team reached the final despite drawing four of their six matches. Two of those ties came during the group stage, while the others forced the Czechs to overcome Japan and Spain on penalties in the last 16 and quarter-finals respectively.

The words
"We had a great win against Australia but it's important that we focus entirely on facing a Czech team who are our direct rivals for a place in the next round. The match against the Czechs will very difficult because, like the Australians, they are a very tough, physical side. But our morale is good and we try to go for the win in every match we play," Ronald Gonzalez, Costa Rica coach.

"Our expectation is that Brazil will win their game against Australia, which means it all comes down to this match to see who gets second place. Looking at the teams, I think it's 50-50 and that either side could win. Let's see what happens," Jakub Dovalil, Czech Republic coach.