PAOLO WANCHOPE put on a brave face after seeing his Costa Rica side crash out of the World Cup with a second straight defeat.
COSTA Rica and Ecuador know each other so well - they have met eight times since 1998 - that a tactical surprise could prove significant when the two Latin American countries clash in Hamburg this afternoon.
BAVARIAN goatherds marching to the crack of whips and the clang of ancient cowbells marked the official opening of the world's biggest sporting tournament yesterday.
COSTA RICA'S star striker Paulo Wanchope isn't afraid of a scrap and insists the Ticos can land Germany a hammer blow in this evening's World Cup curtain raiser.
STRENGTHS: In their previous two appearances in the finals, have shown themselves capable of causing upsets. Scotland will testify to that, having famously been beaten 1-0 on the Central Americans' World Cup debut in 1990. Were only ousted at the group stage on goal difference four year ago, after defeating China and drawing with Turkey. A team full of flair - as would be expected of a team labelled the Brazil of their region - they have powerful finishers in Paulo Wanchope and Alvaro Saborio.
GERMANY will be wary of a Poland side with fond memories of the last World Cup held in these parts, but the hosts have little to fear from their other Group A rivals, Costa Rica and Ecuador.
RONALDO, Rivaldo and Roberto Carlos may be the most frightening collective force in this World Cup, but Costa Rica’s Paulo Wanchope is hoping Brazil field their strongest possible side in the central American team’s final group game.
COSTA RICA broke a billion Chinese hearts with a convincing victory in their opening Group C clash.