Costa Rica brimming with confidence ahead of Tunisia friendly
Marco Urena (photo) scored the winning goal for Costa Rica against Scotland in glasgow last friday.

NICE, France - The sweet taste of victory returned to the mouths of the Costa Rican National Team last Friday in a 1-0 friendly win over Scotland in Glasgow.

It marked Costa Rica's first win since a 2-0 victory at the United States on Sept. 1 during CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying for Russia 2018.

Without question, snapping a five-match winless skid has the Ticos feeling good about their chances going into Tuesday's international friendly against Tunisia in Nice, France.

"The victory against Scotland fills us with motivation," said defender Giancarlo Gonzalez via the FEDEFUT website. 

"Not only did we win, but we knew how to set up a good defensive shape and play a great match, which helps us keep opponents from reaching our goal," added Gonzalez.

A sterner test awaits the Central Americans on Tuesday against Tunisia. 

Like Costa Rica, the African country will be packing their bags for Russia this summer, having qualified for the World Cup.

In what will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides, Gonzalez expects a competitive, open affair.

"All we know is that it is a strong and fast African team, for that reason they are qualified for the World Cup," said the Bologna man.

"They too arrive to France with the desire to do things well and to get a win that serves as preparation and motivation ahead of the World Cup," concluded Gonzalez.