Costa Rica responded to Guadalupe’s punch with goals in its 2021 Gold Cup debut

The Ticos were led by Joel Campbell, who scored and also attended.

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Costa Rica started the 2021 Gold Cup with a smile. Los Ticos snapped an 11-game winless streak with a solid triumph over Guadeloupe, by score of 3-1. The islanders saw their hopes of surprising the continent fade after a aggression which left them with 10 players for much of the second half.

Joel Campbell, a reference for Costa Rica, did not miss a very costly mistake by goalkeeper Yohann Thuram-Ulien to make it 1-0 at minute 6 ′.

15 minutes later the score increased for the Ticos. Skillfully, Joel Campbell kept the ball in the box and finished off a good collective play by giving it to Ariel Lassiter, who easily beat the rival goalkeeper.

2-0 in 21 minutes. Costa Rica tour.

Guadalupe played her cards well. He tried to deal damage through the stopped ball and landed it on a corner kick just before half-time. Raphael Mirval anticipated his markers to push the ball and discount.

Guadalupe’s best moment didn’t last long. An unjustifiable assault from Steve Solvet did not go under the table. The VAR came into action and the midfielder was sent off at 54 ‘.

It was a clear punch in the pit of the stomach to Francisco Calvo, and also to the aspirations of Guadalupe, who had no other option to go back and give the initiative even more to Costa Rica.

The incombustible Celso Borges closed the victory with an excellent definition in the area, with a half volley without dropping the ball.

A great goal to get the final 3-1.

Costa Rica He fulfilled the first task: get rid of the bad streak and therefore the pressure of the debut. The next rival will be Suriname, this Friday, July 16. With a victory they will ensure the pass to the quarterfinals.

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