Costa Rica Player Ratings vs Spain: Navas in Nightmarish Form

Keylor Navas was in horrible form as Costa Rica fell 0-7 to Spain. The favorites dominated every facet of the game, winning 82% of possession and not allowing a single shot on target. The Costa Ricans, who now seem destined to go bottom of Group E, did not have a single player put in a decent performance.

Keylor Navas – 3

Despite his defense leaving him out to dry, the PSG man had a terrible match. With Spain relentlessly pressing, Navas really should have done better on a few of the goals allowed, especially Marco Asensio’s first-half volley.

Oscar Duarte – 4.5

The centre-back had a poor match, struggling to contain Spain’s rotating forwards. Early in the first half, he took down Jordi Alaba in the box, conceding a penalty that led to the third Spanish goal.

Francisco Calvo – 4

Due to the sheer number of Spanish attacks, Calvo won a fair few challenges, but his overall day was unimpressive. The centre-back distributed the ball terribly and failed to contain Asensio.

Bryan Oviedo – 3

Oviedo struggled to complete passes and was restricted to a reserved position. When he did get the ball in the attacking third, he failed to create any sort of chance.

Carlos Martinez – 4

From his position as the right-back, Martinez was unable to help out his country at all. After a quiet 50 minutes, he left the pitch in the first round of substitutions.

Yeltsin Tejeda – 4

Through the first 70 minutes, Tejeda managed just 16 touches in the midfield. The midfielder was not involved at all and could not neutralize Spain’s crushing possession.

Celso Borges – 3.5

The midfield was the most problematic area for Costa Rica, and Borges was unable to curb this trend. Against the trio of Sergio Busquets, Pedri and Gavi, the midfielder was unable to handle their short, one-touch passes and did not make much of an impact.

Keysher Fuller – 5.5

From the right wing, Fuller occasionally showed flashes of offensive potential, but he rarely had any decent options in the final third.

Jewison Bennette – 5

Like many of his teammates, Bennette struggled to get on the ball as Spain dominated possession throughout the match. However, on the few occasions that he was in possession, he took care of the ball and did not look totally awful.

Joel Campbell – 3

Known for his lack of work rate from the front, Campbell accomplished very little against the Spanish backline. While he lacked any substantial service from his teammates, the forward did not make it easier for them.

Anthony Contreras – 5

Not for lack of trying, Contreras struggled to find the ball in advanced positions. He had to resort to dropping deep into the midfield to receive possession and was unable to manage a single shot.


Kendall Waston – 6

Waston’s introduction quickly stabilized the Costa Rica defense. While he entered too late to make a difference, the Saprissa player may have earned a start in the upcoming clash with Japan.

Bryan Ruiz – N/A

Alvaro Zamora – N/A

Brandon Aguilera – N/A

Ronald Matarrita – N/A