Costa Rica vs Canada Live

A spot in the semi-finals of the Gold Cup will be on the line on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, when Costa Rica take on Canada.

Los Ticos captured their group, winning all three of their games, while the Canucks dropped to second in Group B after a 1-0 loss in their last match against the USA.

Playing in the last eight of this competition is something that the Costa Ricans are used to, having reached this portion of the tournament now on eight successive occasions.

Their experience seemed to come in handy in their opening three matches, as they were able to ease past Guadeloupe 3-1 before outlasting a tough Suriname team 2-1 and then fending off the Jamaicans 1-0.

Despite a lengthy weather delay in their final group game, their last match was a lively one, where the Costa Ricans were clinical once again in the final third, scoring with their only shot on target.

As the tournament goes on, not only is there added pressure, but with that comes a lot more intensity and a need to keep your composure, something that this team have struggled to do in their last two games.

Luis Fernando Suarez saw his side get three cards in both of those fixtures, but two of them were red, so discipline was a surprising issue for this squad with so much experience at this competition.

The quarter-finals of the Gold Cup have produced some painful memories for this team recently, as they were knocked out of this competition two years ago by Mexico in a penalty shootout, and they lost at this stage to El Tri in 2015, 1-0 in extra-time.

John Herdman and his side looked well on their way to making the final four of this competition in 2019, leading Haiti 2-0 in the quarter-finals before they were stunned with a trio of second-half goals, losing 3-2.

The Canucks have not made it beyond this stage of the tournament since 2007, but given their form this year, there is no reason to believe they cannot make it back there.

Canada looked strong in the opening phase, recovering from an early goal to beat Martinique 4-1 and then beating Haiti by the same score in their next match to assure their place in the quarter-finals.

In their final group game, the Canadians were slow out of the gate, and some sloppy tackling in their end of the field put the US in front after less than a minute, a lead that the Americans would not relinquish.

It took Canada until the second half to get into the game and generate some good scoring opportunities, but they failed to do enough to trouble keeper Matt Turner.

Seeing a zero beside the Canadian score was a rare sight to see, and only the second time in which they have failed to find the back of the net since Herdman became their coach.

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