Costa Rica took the victory by the minimum difference against Panama, in the match played this Thursday. The locals scored the only goal of the match 19 minutes into the second half, through Bryan Ruiz. After an individual play on the left, the striker finished off the goal and beat the rival goalkeeper to score his goal.
After an individual play on the left, the striker finished off the goal and beat the rival goalkeeper to score his goal.
Midfielder Abdiel Ayarza from Panama had a chance to tie the game, but the stick denied him in the 90th minute of the second half.
The best player of the match was Bryan Ruiz. The attacker from Costa Rica scored 1 goal and made 3 correct passes.
Francisco Calvo was also key. The Costa Rica defender had a good level for clearing 5 dangerous balls.
It was a game with many fouls and numerous interruptions.
Costa Rica coach Luis Suárez proposed a 4-4-2 formation with Keylor Navas in goal; Keysher Fuller, Kendall Waston, Francisco Calvo and Ronald Matarrita on the defensive line; Aarón Suárez, Yeltsin Tejeda, Orlando Galo and Adrián Martínez in the middle; and Joel Campbell and José Guillermo Ortiz in attack.
For its part, Thomas Christiansen’s team took the field with a 4-4-2 scheme with Luis Mejía under the three sticks; Michael Murillo, Fidel Escobar, Andrés Andrade and Éric Davis in defense; José Rodríguez, Adalberto Carrasquilla, Édgar Bárcenas and Aníbal Godoy in midfield; and José Fajardo and Freddy Góndola up front.
Ismail Elfath was the referee who directed the match at the National Stadium.
Costa Rica’s next game in the championship will be away against Mexico, while Panama will host Jamaica.
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