Costa Rica hosted its first ever World Cup event Saturday night. But the Under-17 Women’s World Cup team had its hosting debut spoiled by Venezuela. Venezuela crushed The Ticas, 3-0, in front of 35,000 fans at the National Stadium. After a couple of rest days, the Costa Rica team has a shot to redeem itself against Italy.
The teams meet at the National Stadium in La Sabana, in western San José, at 8 p.m.
If Costa Rica loses tonight, the team is almost assuredly eliminated from the World Cup, although The Ticas still face Zambia on Saturday. A tie doesn’t do Costa Rica much good either since Italy is already leading Group A alongside Venezuela. Italy defeated Zambia, 2-0, on the tournament’s opening day.
Venezuela takes on Zambia at 5 p.m. at the National Stadium. The top two teams in the group advance to the knockout round that begins March 27.