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Costa Rica goes back to El Salvador and climbs in the tie

Costa Rica goes back to El Salvador and climbs in the tie

Experienced midfielders Bryan Ruiz and Celso Borges led Costa Rica’s comeback that beat El Salvador 2-1, giving Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suárez’s team its first victory in the octagonal final of Concacaf heading to the World Cup. Qatar 2022.

El Salvador took a surprising advantage at the San José National Stadium in the 12th minute through Jairo Enríquez and Costa Rica managed to come back in the second half with the annotations of Bryan Ruiz (minute 52) and Celso Borges (58).

A victory that gives Costa Rica air, not only because it was the first in the tie, but also because it came at a time when the team was being criticized for its lack of punch and offensive football.

Forced to reap points at home, the Costa Rican team went out onto the field with a lot of attitude but little clarity in the attack, which is one of the outstanding aspects of the team led by Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suárez.

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An error in the exit of the right back Keysher Fuller led to the Salvadoran goal of Jairo Enríquez, who at minute 12 released a powerful right that entered tight to the vertical of Keylor Navas.

Costa Rica looked messy for the rest of the first half, pushing with more momentum than good football and still came close to leveling with a Celso Borges header that was repelled by goalkeeper Mario González.

With the disadvantage on the scoreboard, the Costa Rican team changed its face at the start of the second stage and began to generate dangerous plays with Joel Campbell as the main figure and with veterans Bryan Ruiz and Celso Borges as architects of the comeback.

Campbell made an individual play from the right wing, served a ball to Borges and he launched a cross to the second post where Ruiz appeared with an accurate header to tie the game at minute 52.

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Six minutes later, Borges turned the score around with a penalty derived from a foul by goalkeeper Mario González on José Guillermo Ortíz.

Costa Rica controlled the game during the last half hour and little by little it was losing weight on offense due to the physical exhaustion of Campbell, Borges and Ruiz, while El Salvador lacked response.

At minute 90, a saving hand from Keylor Navas avoided the equalizer when Roldán shot from outside the area and the ball threatened to get into an angle.

With this result, Costa Rica reaches 6 points after five games played and El Salvador stagnated at 5 points.

Next Wednesday Costa Rica will visit the United States, and El Salvador will host Mexico.

Data sheet

2.Costa Rica: Keylor Navas, Keysher Fuller, Oscar Duarte, Francisco Calvo, Ronald Matarrita; Celso Borges (Orlando Galo, m.87), Yeltsin Tejeda, Bryan Ruiz (Randall Leal, m.75); Joel Campbell, Johan Venegas (Jonathan Moya, m.62) and José Ortiz (Bryan Oviedo, m.75).

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Selector: Luis Fernando Suárez.

1.El Salvador: Mario González, Alex Roldán, Roberto Domínguez, Eduardo Vigil, Bryan Tamacas; Cristian Martínez (Narciso Orellana, m.46), Marvin Monterroza (Joshua Pérez, m.69), Darwin Cerén (Alexander Larín, m.56), Enrico Dueñas; Jairo Enríquez (Dennis Pineda, m.46) and Joaquín Rivas (Amado Moreno, m.69).

Selector: Hugo Pérez.

Referee: The Honduran Said Martínez: admonished the Salvadorans Pineda and Domínguez; and the Costa Rican Boges. He expelled Salvadoran Orellana at minute 85.

Goals: 0-1, m.12: Jairo Enríquez. 1-1, m.52: Bryan Ruiz. 2-1, m.58: Celso Borges (p).

Incidents: Match for the fifth day of the octagonal final of Concacaf towards the World Cup in Qatar 2022, played at the San José National Stadium before some 5,000 fans, maximum capacity allowed in the face of the covid-19 pandemic. EFE

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