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Wales face Costa Rica as nation says goodbye to Gary Speed

In a friendly arranged as tribute to the late Gary Speed, Costa Rica will travel to the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday where they’ll face Wales in the first game for the nation since the manager’s passing.

The memorial was scheduled to commemorate Speed, who made his international debut for Wales against the South American nation.

The former Bolton, Leeds and Newcastle player (as well as others) tragically committed suicide in November of last year and was leading his nation to a supposed era of newfound success at the time of his death.

Chris Coleman, the man to take over at the helm of the Welsh management, will be hoping to resume where his late former-teammate left off with what will assuredly be an emotional victory for the Dragons should they win.

The Welsh head into their international encounter with three wins in their last four matches against Switzerland, Bulgaria and Montenegro, succumbing only to England in a 1-0 defeat at Wembley last September.

Costa Rica haven’t played a match since the 2011 Copa America where they failed to proceed past the group stage of the competition.

La Sele opened the tournament with a loss to Columbia before getting their competition back on track with a victory against Bolivia, only to be knocked out by hosts Argentina.

Despite having a lacklustre Copa America, 2011 has been a fairly successful year for the side who lost on only three occasions (once on penalties) and made it to the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Central only to be beaten by Honduras.

Aaron Ramsey could make a return to fitness for the friendly after a short period out with injury but Wales aren’t expected to have any major injury concerns as the country turns out in force to pay their respects to their former manager.

 

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