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La Sele Is One Step Closer to FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

Image result for la seleSoccer -Futbol- is the passion of the Ticos, there is no doubt about it. When La Sele (the National Team) plays, the country goes wild. This last Friday, September 3rd, Costa Rica had an important game in Haiti.

La Sele is seeded in Group B of the 4th round of the CONCACAF (North and Central America and all the Caribbean islands) qualifiers with Panama, Haiti and Jamaica. Costa Rica came to this Friday´s game needed only 1 point to advance to next round, with two games left to finish the round – one against Haiti and one against Panama).

The scenario for the Ticos looked good and everyone was confident Costa Rica was going to be present in the next and final round before the World Cup. The game was boring. Haiti has raised his playing level a lot, but still the game did not offer any excitement. The Ticos were happy with an even score because that would give them the point they needed, so there was no need to risk an injury or another difficult situation.

The first half finished with a 0-0 on the board. The second half was no different. However, in the middle of the half, Randall Azofeifa caught a rebound outside and box, and kicked it hard into the net, in what turned out to be an amazing goal; nothing the Haitian goal keeper could do despite the good game he had. This goal was enough for La Sele to win the game and win the three points from the game.

Now, La Sele will join Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago in the next round. Two more spots are available and the last two qualified teams will be decided Tuesday when the final round of this staged is played. The teams with the best chances to advance are Honduras and Canada, who will play each other; and the US, Guatemala still has a mathematical chance but it is almost impossible that they will advance.

Costa Rica will be facing Panama in San Jose, in a game that will decide who advances first and who advances second in Group B.

La Sele has given the Ticos another chance to celebrate and enjoy. Costa Rica goes wild when La Sele plays and wins, and the best stage of the qualifiers is about to begin, in November 2016.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, El Clasico. What Does It Have to Do with Costa Rica?

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, Real Madrid vs. Barcelona. No matter which team you put first, this is one of the most important soccer games in the world. Two of the biggest and richer teams in the world clash against each other to proof who is the best in the soccer field.

Last Saturday, April 2nd, both teams clashed on the field of the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona in what was the last Clasico of the 2015-2016 season for the Spanish Soccer, or Football, League. The game in itself is an exquisite dish for those who love soccer; it is estimated that the game was broadcasted live to over 600 million people worldwide.

Barcelona came to the game with a striking record of not having lost a game in the past 39 games they played in all competitions, whether it was La Liga, Copa del Rey or UEFA Champions League. They also came at the top of La Liga with a 10 point advantage over Real Madrid. Finally, they had won the last Clasico, in Madrid, with a 4-0 victory over Real Madrid.

Real Madrid came striving to save its honor and proof that Madrid, despite the bad year they have had in La Liga, and the humiliating lost against Barcelona at the las Clasico, is better that Barcelona.

The BBC (Bale, Benzema and Cristiano) in Real Madrid´s side was facing the MSN (Mesi, Suarez and Neymar) on the Barcelona side, and those who watch the game were not disappointed. Real Madrid came out of Barcelona with a 2-1 victory and is now 7 points behind the Blaugranas in La Liga.

But, why is the Spanish Clásico so important in Costa Rica when it is played over 5,000 miles away? Yes, the Clasico is that important in Costa Rica. The bars and restaurants in San José were packed on Saturday with people trying to watch the game, which was only televised in Costa Rica through satellite TV. People were even standing outside the bars looking through the windows or the door to be able to watch the game. But going back to answering our question, it is that important because in the first place, Costa Rica is a soccer loving country. But not only that, the main reason why the game was so important is because a Costa Rican player was on the field. Hard to believe? Yes, but 100% true.

Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica´s National Team Goalkeeper is now the starting keeper for Real Madrid and he was going to be playing the most important match in the world. It is usual to see players from Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Portugal and Spain playing this match, but not from Costa Rica. However, those who watch the game on Saturday were able to see him. Keylor Navas is the Costa Rican player who has made his way up to being a starter for Real Madrid and has become a security for his team.

Keylor was an important player in the game and his best play of the night came when he flew up in the air to barely touch a ball sent his way by Leo Messi in which would have been his 500th goal. Messi was getting ready to celebrate because the ball was going in, but it found the tip of Keylor “La Pantera” Navas and the ball was sent off to the corner kick. Messi was scoreless this game, so were Neymar and Suarez, so the MSN could not do any harm to Real Madrid thanks, in part, to Keylor´s performance. On the other side the BBC scored the 2 goals that gave the victory to Real Madrid.

While people continue to talk about the game, the Ticos feel proud to have one of their best man in the field. An example of hard work, dedication and never giving up. Thank you Keylor Navas for being an inspiration for our country and our children.

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