Costa Rica Beat Russia 4-3 in Friendly

Bryan Ruiz fue figura de Costa Rica en el partido ante Rusia. (Federación de Fútbol de Rusia)

Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruiz battling the Russians. (Photo Russian Soccer Federation)

(QSPORTS) Russia’s loss is being blamed on poor defence and veteran Vasily Berezutsky as the weak link as coach Stanislav Cherchesov gave opportunities to young players.

Costa Rica 4-3 win provided a blow Sunday to Russia’s hopes of rebuilding in time for the 2018 World Cup.

(Photo Russian Soccer Federation)

The Ticos took advantagne of a poor defence by the Russian national team in Sunday’s friendly. (Photo Russian Soccer Federation)

The distracted Berezutsky scored an own goal and gave away the penalty from which Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell scored the 92nd-minute winner.

With Russia 3-1 down at half time, a planned ceremony to mark Berezutsky’s 100th Russia game was called off.

Taking advantage of Russia’s weakness, a mistake by goalie Soslan Dzhanaev, Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruiz drove one a “cannon shot” for a goal. Rounding out the Costa Rica scoring was Randall Azofeifa.

Source La Nacion

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