In search of a perfect ending
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In a meeting full of potential drama, Cairo International Stadium is to host the third-place match at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 between Hungary and Costa Rica. 

The game
Hungary-Costa Rica, Cairo, Friday 16 October, 17:00 (local time)

The stakes
Few expected Hungary to get very far in this tournament after they lost their opening match against Honduras 3-0. However, coach Sandor Egervari was able to unite his troops, and they went on to win all their other games prior to their semi-final loss to Ghana. Several players have shown remarkable potential and look set make a major impact on world football, including goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, midfielder Vladimir Koman, who missed out on the semi-final yet should be able to lead his country against Costa Rica, and the talented Krisztian Nemeth who is expected to have recovered from the injury worries which have been troubling him since the opening match. In any case, after the impressive displays by substitutes Marko Futacs and Adam Balajti, who both scored in the second half against Ghana, even the possibility of Nemeth's absence should not cause Hungary major worries.

Costa Rica are in a similar position, having exceeded expectations to end up in the match for third place. This represents something of a triumph for the CONCACAF champions, especially as no other team from the region has ever done better in this tournament, with the exception of Mexico who were runners-up at Tunisia 1977. Goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado and his outfield teammates may be cheered to reflect that Hungary found it difficult to deal with Honduras, who resemble the Ticos in their style of play. Josue Martinez, Marcos Urena and Diego Estrada make up the Costa Rican strike force, deploying exciting counter-attacking strength and impressive technical skills.

The stat
3 - The number of assists accredited to Hungary's Vladimir Koman, making him the most prolific playmaker in the tournament thus far, along with Ghana's Andre Ayew.

The words
"It was extremely hard to watch from the bench as my team lost their last match. I'll be able to play today, and have a great incentive to lead my team-mates to an honorary victory which will prove that we are one of the best teams in this tournament," Vladimir Koman, Hungary captain

"We treat each match in this tournament the same, and that has enabled us to get this far. We will spare no effort to win third place. I will give all I have to win this game. It will be a great feeling to return to our country having won our final match," Ronald Gonzales, Costa Rica coach