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SAN JOSé. Costa Rica beats Canada 1-0 after C. Borges scored just 1 goal (45').

SAN JOSé. Costa Rica beats Canada 1-0 after C. Borges scored just 1 goal (45′). Canada was vastly superior in terms of ball possession (68%).​

M. Kaye received a red card (34′)​. This double yellow card was one of the reason why Canada lost the match.

The match was played at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica stadium in San José on Thursday and it started at 8:05 pm local time. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was cold around 12.1 degrees Celsius or 53.78 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 81%.​

Match Statistics

Canada was in firm control of the ball 68% while Costa Rica was struggling with a 32% ball possession.

Canada was more aggressive with 64 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 3 were on target. Even so, Costa Rica succeeded in find the solution to win this encounter.​

Costa Rica shot 11 times, 5 on target, 6 off target. On the opposite side, Canada shot 17 times, 3 on target, 14 off target.


Costa Rica received 2 yellow cards (J. Venegas and R. Matarrita). On the other side, Canada received 1 yellow card (M. Kaye).

Also, Canada didn’t manage to end the match with 11 players after M. Kaye (Canada) was sent out after receiving a second yellow card (34′).

After this match, Costa Rica will have 16 points to stay in the 5th place. On the opposite side, Canada will stay with 25 points to stay in the 1st place.

Match Events

  • 15'

    M. Kaye

  • 34'

    M. Kaye

  • 35'

    J. Venegas

  • 45'

    C. Borges

    G. Torres

  • 46'

    Bryan Ruiz

    Gerson Torres Barrantes

  • 46'

    Yeltsin Tejeda

    Orlando Galo Calderón

  • 54'

    R. Matarrita

  • 61'

    Adrian Martínez Batista

    Celso Borges

  • 61'

    Daniel Chacón Salas

    Anthony Contreras Enríquez

  • 69'

    Juan Pablo Vargas

    Ronald Matarrita 

  • 69'

    Junior Hoilett

    Alistair Johnston

  • 80'

    I. Kone

    J. Osorio

  • 80'

    I. Ugbo

    C. Larin

Next match

In the upcoming WC Qualification Concacaf match, Costa Rica will play away against El Salvador on the 27th of March with a 5-1 head to head statistic in favor of Costa Rica (3 draws).

Canada will host Jamaica on the 27th of March with a 3-2 head to head stats in favor of Canada (2 draws).

Costa Rica: Formation and Lineups

Costa Rica started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).

The manager Luis Fernando Suárez Guzman chose to play with the following team: Keylor Navas (7.1), Keysher Fuller (7.0), Kendall Waston (7.1), Francisco Calvo (7.2), Ronald Matarrita (6.6), Gerson Torres (7.4), Celso Borges (7.8), Orlando Galo Calderon (6.6), Joel Campbell (6.6), Anthony Contreras (6.7) and Johan Venegas (6.8).


Costa Rica made 5 changes: O. Galo for Y. Tejeda (46′), G. Torres for B. Ruiz (46′), A. Contreras for D. Chacon (61′), C. Borges for A. Martinez (68′) and R. Matarrita for J. Vargas (69′).

Top player: Celso Borges

The player who no doubt impressed Costa Rica the most was Celso Borges.

His rating is (7.8) with 1 goal, 24 passes (91% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 6 duels out of 10.

Canada: Formation and Lineups

Canada started with a conservative line-up (4-4-2).

On the other side, John Herdman played with: Milan Borjan (6.5), Alistair Johnston (6.6), Atiba Hutchinson (7.4), Kamal Miller (7.1), Richie Laryea (7.6), Tajon Buchanan (7.3), Stephen Eustáquio (7.7), Mark-Anthony Kaye (5.1), Jonathan Osorio (6.7), Jonathan David (6.8) and Cyle Larin (6.6).

Canada could not rely on the presence of I. Kone (injured).


Canada made 3 changes: A. Johnston for J. Hoilett (75′), J. Osorio for I. Kone (80′) and C. Larin for I. Ugbo (80′).

Top player: Stephen Eustáquio

Probably the most impressive player in Canada was Stephen Eustáquio.

His rating is (7.7) with 96 passes (83% accurate) and 4 key passes. He was won 3 duels out of 7. He performed 12 crosses.

Results of the day

These are the results of the day in the WC Qualification Concacaf



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