Costa Rica aims to end year on bright note vs. Hungary
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Costa Rica (pictured) will look to win its seventh game of the year, when it faces host Hungary on November 14, 2017. (Photo: AFP Services)

BUDAPEST, Hungary – After suffering a 5-0 loss to host Spain on Saturday, Costa Rica is ready to jump back into action Tuesday, when it visits Hungary for an international friendly.

Since beating the United States, 2-1, in the CONCACAF Hexagonal on September 1, the Ticos have gone winless in four straight outings (0W-2D-2L).

“Hungary has a good base of players,” Costa Rica head coach Oscar Ramirez said in a press conference Monday.  “We saw their game against Luxembourg (2-1 away loss on November 9).  We think it will be a great test for us.

“It has a modern game in which the position of their players interchanges a lot.  Their football is similar to Russia, which we faced last year, so I think that it will help a lot to play against them.”

The match will be Costa Rica’s last of 2017, a year that saw it clinch a fifth trip to the FIFA World Cup.

Ramirez is keen to close with a victory and further evaluate players for possible Russia 2018 inclusion.

“I want to see players, see which ones have the necessary dynamic to be here, who know how to defend, play and attack,” finished the 52-year-old.  “Of course, these are matches that you want to win…we all want that…but there are other clear objectives that we have and we are fulfilling them because the friendlies make the panorama clearer for us.”

It will be will be the first-ever meeting between the sides.

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