SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA.- It all comes down to this in Group D of League A of the Concacaf Nations League, with Costa Rica hosting Haiti on Sunday at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose.
Last Thursday’s 2-1 victory in Curacao for the Ticos means they need only a draw to top the group and move into the CNL final championship.
Haiti is looking to complicate the picture in the group, and a victory by two or more goals would be enough for it to leap from third place to first and win the group themselves.
With injuries to regulars like GK Keylor Navas and DF Cristian Gamboa, Costa Rica manager Ronald Gonzalez may not have the depth he’d like for the quick turnaround ahead of Sunday’s game.
Haiti manager Marc Collat has his full complement of players from the run to the Gold Cup semifinals - a run that included a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in the group stage -, including goalkeeper Johny Placide and forward Frantzdy Pierrot.
History favors Costa Rica, with the home side having won four and drawn two all-time when Haiti has visited Costa Rica. But Haiti will lean on the Gold Cup triumph and last month’s 1-1 draw for inspiration that they can get their first-ever win and reach the first-ever CNL semifinals.