USA vs. Costa Rica – who will finish bottom of the pile? (credit: Ryu Voelkel)
The United States face Costa Rica later today in the 15th place play-off at the 2011 Futsal Grand Prix after both sides lost on Friday.
Team USA were looking to bounce back yesterday after losing 5-2 to Netherlands in Manaus on Thursday.
But for the second time in the tournament, the United States struggled against a poor Belgium side and lost their 13th-16th play-off tie 4-1.
Friday also saw Costa Rica slump to a shock 7-3 defeat against Zambia.
It was a result which few will have expected.
Zambia had been beaten 2-1 by Hungary on Thursday, with the Africans producing yet another poor performance which came after they scored just three goals and conceded 24 during the group stages.
But somehow, they managed to put seven past a woeful Costa Rica side, who will now have to pick themselves up quickly if they are to avoid the “award” of finishing 16th tonight.
Prediction: United States to win.