Tough Draw For Americans In World Cup Qualifiers Against Costa RicaOctober 15th, 2009 - 6:14 pm ICT by GD
By Madhuri Dey
Oct. 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The USA versus Costa Rica match ended in a draw. It was a close call and the United States might well have lost against the tough team of Costa Rica, which is clearly in top form for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. USA has already qualified for the tournament.
Jonathan Bornstein pulled off a last goal in the very last minute and called a draw. It was evidently disappointing for the Costa Rica supporters who were cheering hard for their team. Victory seemed certain until the last moment. Right from the beginning, the Americans had a tough call as they fell back 2:0. Both goals for Costa Rica were scored by Brian Ruiz, in a gap of three minutes. In the second half, the Americans somehow got back on their feet, but scored in the 72nd minute, well into the game, when Michael Bradley shot a goal in the Ticos’ net. Following the goal, the Costa Ricans indulged in a number of stalling techniques against the Americans. Their head and assistant coaches ultimately gad to be called off by showing the red card. This incident added five minutes extra to the running time of the match. Things were still not going great guns for the Americans until in the last few seconds Bernstein delivered a shot and the match closed in draw.
The match was undoubtedly one of the most entertaining ones played in a long time. Each team kept the other under high pressure from the beginning to the end. There were two particularly spectacular moments: (1) Ruiz’s awesome second kick and (2) Bornstein’s final shot.
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