Costa Ricans eye upset
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Porras is hoping Costa Rica can upset hosts Germany in the World Cup opener.
Costa Rica goalkeeper Jose Porras is hoping his side can upset hosts Germany when the two countries meet to open the World Cup on Friday.
The game at the Allianz Arena is a sell-out and the German public are set to get behind Jurgen Klinsmann's men to cheer them to success on home soil.
With the likes of Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose lining up to face Los Ticos, Porras concedes that they face a tough task in Munich, but is hoping to spoil the mood of the Germans.
"I hope it will be close, that's the way I see it," Porras said.
"It's a dream to be in this game. Everyone expects a German victory but people in Costa Rica are expecting the opposite.
"We will do everything possible to avoid picking the ball out of the net."
Michael Umana will have the task of marking Klose in the Group A clash and he is expecting a tough test from the Werder Bremen striker.
However, the defender is adamant there will be no time to stand and admire when the two face up.
"He is an excellent player, very dangerous and particularly good in the air," Umana added.
"We do have to respect him for that but we do not fear him.
"We are very positive, we are coming to a great party. The pressure does not exist, it motivates us."