16 June 2019 Costa Rica 4 Nicaragua 0 CONCACAF Gold Cup


Costa Rica enjoy hosting their first match at the Gold Cup.

Easily beating a well supported but limited Nicaragua.


The national stadium in San Jose staged the first Gold Cup match outside of North America.

And though it was not full the fans saw a couple of fine goals on Father's Day.

Ex-Everton player Bryan Oviedo began the scoring on 7 minutes when he surged into the area and shot through goalie Justo Lorente.

That gave the Ticos confidence to pass it around.

And they soon added another when captain Borges stepped up to drive in a right footer for 2-0.

A long free kick from Aguilar found its way past a number of players to make it three just before the half time whistle.

As for Nicaragua, they had plenty of support, presumably mostly from local workers, but never really convinced when venturing into the final third.

Costa Rica went on to control most of the second period especially after a superb move ended with local hero Bryan Ruiz backheeling a pass for Allan Cruz to slam in the fourth.

So the hosts started their campaign with a very solid performance before around 20,000.

Prior to that debutants Bermuda began well enough to go ahead late in the first half but were well beaten in the end by Haiti.

Mouscron's Frantzdy Pierrot netted both goals for the Red & Blues.


report & analysis - John Bethell



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