Costa Rica edge closer to WC

Costa Rica climbed to the top of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group with an impressive 3-1 defeat of the United States in San Jose.

Last Updated: 07/09/13 at 10:32 Post Comment

Joel Campbell and Johnny Acosta: Celebrate Costa Rica's win

Joel Campbell and Johnny Acosta: Celebrate Costa Rica's win

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Ticos made a blistering start and had established a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes thanks to headers from Jhonny Acosta and Celso Borges.

The USA threatened a comeback when Costa Roca goalkeeper Keylor Navas fouled Fabian Johnson in the box and Clint Dempsey, on his 100th appearance for the visitors, scored from the spot to halve the arrears two minutes before half-time.

New Seattle signing Dempsey hit the post on the hour mark as the USA threatened an equaliser but they could not find it and Joel Campbell put the game beyond them with 15 minutes to go.

The win moved Costa Rica to the summit, a point ahead of the US.

Honduras climbed to third, three points further back, after a stunning 2-1 win in Mexico.

There was no sign of a shock when Giovani Dos Santos provided Oribe Peralta with the chance to put Mexico one up after five minutes.

But the hosts became sloppy, Jerry Bengston capitalising on some slack defending to equalise after 64 minutes and two minutes later Carlos Costly swooped on Diego Reyes' mistake to give Honduras a lead they would not relinquish.

Panama's hopes of qualification suffered a blow when they could only manage a goalless draw at home to Jamaica.

On Tuesday, Jamaica meet Costa Rica, the USA host Mexico and Honduras take on Panama.

The top three teams qualify for Brazil 2014 with the side finishing fourth having to settle for an intercontinental play-off against New Zealand.

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

West Ham forward Enner Valencia ruled out for up to 12 weeks

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a leg injury.

Jordy Clasie says he'd have rejected move to Man United in order to join Southampton

Jordy Clasie claims he'd have rejected Man United to sign for Southampton - saying it's "better to start lower and finish higher".

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company