Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 12th 2016 Contents NIGEL SIMON
Christian Bolanos and substitute Ronald Ulate
got second-half goals as a patient Costa Rica blanked
T&T Soca Warriors 2-0 in their six-team Concacaf
Final Round 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, last night.
Bolanos opened the scoring in the 65th minute with
an easy tap in while Ulate scored on the stroke of full-
time on a counter-attack with T&T sending numbers
in attack in search of a leveler.
The visitors were first to settle and had the first
chance on goal from a free-kick by Randall Corrales,
which just went wide of T&T goalkeeper Jan-Michael
Williams far post in the second minute after defender
Carlyle Mitchell was whistled for a foul by Honduran
referee Oscar Godoy.
Two minutes, it was T&T s turn to test the Central
Americans down the left flank through speedy winger
Cordell Cato, but after picking out Khaleem Hyland
at the top of the 18-yard-box, the latter had his effort
on his less fancied left foot charged down by the
T&T then settled into a nice passing game with its
attacks coming mainly through the wing plays of Cato
and Joevin Jones.
And in the 12th minutes Jones was at the centre
of T&T s next move as he weaved his way down the
right and whipped in a low cross, which had the Costa
Rican defence scrambling the ball away.
Cato was first to react to the loose ball inside the
penalty-area, but after cleverly rounding his defender,
his ball back across the goalmouth was cleared away.
Costa Rica almost caught T&T napping in the 16th
minute through a quick move down the left side, how-
ever the whipped in ball from Christian Navarro, just
failed to meet the head of an unmarked Bryan Ruiz.
Two minutes later, after a cleared corner by Costa
Rica, Hyland whipped in a deep cross for defender
Sheldon Bateau, who came up for the corner, but
luckily for the visitors, the ball skimmed the head off
the T&T player.
On the half-hour mark, midfielder Jomal Williams
tried his luck with a scissors attempts from a Daneil
Cyrus right sided cross, bu it failed to trouble Real
Madrid and Costa Rica custodian Kaylor Navas.
Seven minutes before the half-time whistle, defender
Kendall Manley had the visitors best chance of the
half, but his powerful downward header at the back
post was smartly pushed around the post for a cor-
ner.On the resumption, T&T took the game to its
opponents with speedy utility player, Joevin Jones,
running at his defenders at will,
But the end result at most times was a corner who
a ball across the goalmouth with no T&T player in
Againts thr run of play, Costa Rico will take a 1-
0 lead when a slick passing move down the right sided
caught out the T&T defence and left winger Christian
Gamboa with an easy task to tap the ball across the
goalmouth past onrushing Williams and two defenders
to an open Bolanos for a tap in in the 62nd minute.
Soca Warriors coach Stephen Hart responded with
the introduction of England-based Andre Boucaud
for Jomal Williams .
Carlyle Mitchell was then denied an equalizer for
T&T with a low finger tip save from Navas, diving to
his right, and within seconds at the other end, former
Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, went inches wide of
Jan-Michael Williams bottom left had corner as well
as the match began to open up at both ends.
With ten minutes left in the contest coach Hart
went for his last throw of the dice in striker Willis
Plaza for captain Kenwyne Jones to the applause of
the home crowd.
However, despite all of his eager running Plaza who
plays locally for San Juan Jaboteh could not conjure
up an equalizer for T&T as Ulate finished off a quick
move by Bolanos by clipping the ball into the far corner
pas Jan-Michael Williams as coach Hart s men fell to
a first home defeat in their 2018 World Cup qualifying
campaign and also stretched their winless run against
Costa Rica in World Cup qualifiers to 11 matches, five
away and six at home.
The T&T squad will now travel to Honduras later
today for its second match in the six-team qualifying
series on Tuesday. Honduras will also be looking for
a win after a 1-0 loss at home to Panama in yesterday s
early match. Last night USA hosted Mexico.
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2018 Russia FIFA World Cup
France 2 v 1 Sweden
Czech Republic 2 v 1 Norway
N.Ireland 4 v 0 Azerbaijan
San Marino 0 v 8 Germany
Armenia 3 v 2 Montenegro
Denmark 4 v 1 Kazakhstan
Romania 0 v 3 Poland
England 3 v 0 Scotland
Malta 0 v 1 Slovenia
Slovakia 4 v 0 Lithuania
CONCACAF final stage
Honduras 0 v 1 Panama
Libya 0 v 1 Tunisia
Costa Rica's Christian
Estaban Gamboa, left, is
challenged by T&T's
Cordel Cato during their
Concacaf Final Round
2018 World Cup qualifier
at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium, Mucurapo ,last
night. Costa Rica won 1-0.
PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
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