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Canada eliminates Costa Rica from Gold Cup

Canada eliminates Costa Rica from Gold Cup

The Canadian team imposed their conditions and eliminated an erratic Costa Rica from the Gold Cup with a 2-0 victory, which rewarded their best football and order on the field and qualified for the semifinals of the tournament where they met with Mexico.

The goals of Junior Hoilett, in the 18th minute, and Stephen Eustaquio in the 69th, gave Canada an unappealable victory against an erratic Costa Rica and without ideas on offense that leaves Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suárez with a lot of work ahead , who took office at the end of last June.

Canada settled down better on the pitch and with the pressure on the entire pitch disconnected the circuits of a Costa Rica that looked uncomfortable, inaccurate and suffocated at the start.

A shot behind the backs of the Costa Rican defenders found Junior Hoilett unmarked, who, given the indecision at the exit of goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado, opened the scoring with a subtle touch over the goalkeeper.

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The goal further disconcerted Costa Rica who tried to go to the front supported by a Joel Campbell who did not have a partner in attack due to the good Canadian record.

At halftime, coach Suárez changed practically the entire attack of the Costa Rican team and sent veteran ’10’ Bryan Ruiz, winger Luis Díaz and striker José Ortiz to the field in search of a change of course and the clarity that they lacked in the first half.

The changes gave Costa Rica a bit more possession of the ball, but without the depth and clarity needed to generate scoring chances, while Canada kept the defensive block solid and fast-paced outings on the counterattack with Cavallini, Hoilett and Buchanan.

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Canada continued to exert high pressure and in the 69th minute stole a ball in the Costa Rican exit that remained at the feet of Stephen Eustaquio, who finished between the legs of goalkeeper Alvarado for the final 2-0.

In the last quarter of an hour, Canada controlled the game and could put a thrashing tint to the result if it weren’t for goalkeeper Alvarado who prevented more damage with his feet against shots from Buchanan and Akindele.

Canada will face Mexico in the semifinals next Thursday, while Costa Rica bids farewell for the third consecutive edition of the Gold Cup in the quarterfinal round. EFE (HN)

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Data sheet


Costa Rica: Esteban Alvarado – Keysher Fuller, Óscar Duarte, Francisco Calvo, Ronald Matarrita – David Guzmán (Allan Cruz, 66), Celso Borges (Jimmy Marín, 93), Alonso Martínez (Luis Díaz, 46), Johan Venegas (Bryan Ruiz, 46) , Ariel Lassiter (José Guillermo Ortiz, 46) – Joel Campbell. DT: Luis Fernando Suárez.

Canada: Maxime Crépeau – Steven Vitoria, Kamal Miller, Alistair Johnston – Richie Laryea, Stephane Eustáquio, Mark-Anthony Kaye (Samuel Piette, 70), Tajon Buchanan (Theo Corbeanu, 87) – Junior Hoilett (Tesho Akindele, 70), Jonathan Osorio ( Liam Fraser, 85), Lucas Cavallini (Doneil Henry, 84). DT: John Herdman.


Canada: Junior Hoilett (18), Stephen Eustáquio (68)


Canada: Steven Vitoria (31), Lucas Cavallini (38), Tesho Akindele (83)

Stadium: AT&T Stadium, Dallas, Texas.

Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)

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