(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.
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