Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2009 Quarterfinal #3: Costa Rica 5-1 Guadeloupe

If the 1st day quarterfinals action were dreary but tense affairs, the second day of Gold Cup quarterfinal action turned out to be goal-fests.

Quarterfinal #3 pitted Guadeloupe against the unpredictable Costa Rica and the impact turned out be a magical five goal fest. Celso Borges scored with a spectacular bicycle kick in the third minute. Alvaro Saborio scored in the 16th and 71st minutes, running from deep positions to head home from Alvaro Alonso's cross in the first half and latching onto a long clearance from the back by Borges for his second goal. Costa Rica has now advanced to Thursday's semifinals for the first time since 2003.

Costa Rica's Alvaro Saborio scoring - Image from Reuters

Saborio celebrates - Image from Reuters

Andrea Martinez from Goal.com provided the following ratings for the 22 players on the pitch for Quarterfinal #3.

Costa Rica
Keilor Navas 5- Didn’t have to do much, but on guard for the occasional effort.

Harold Wallace 5 - Good coverage, had an occasional slip that gave the Guadeloupe’s hope.

Freddy Fernandez 5 - Covered the back quite well.

Dennis Marshall 5 - Didn’t have too much trouble keeping Guadeloupe away.

Dario Delgado 5 - Along with the rest of the back line, kept Guadeloupe away, although occasionally pace would over take them.

Celso Borges 6 - Opened the score with great style, kept working hard, and provided much help on the goals.

Christian Oviedo 5 -A quiet force in the game.

Armando Alonso 6 -Provided the assists for goals, and worked tirelessly to try and provide more up front.

Andy Herron 5.5 - Scored a goal, and worked hard during the game.

Alvaro Saborio 6 - Played his part in the game, and had two goals to show for it.

Pablo Brenes 4.5 - Had a decent showing, but didn’t have too much of an influence.

Pablo Herrera 5 - Only a minute after coming into the game he was overtaken and had fault for Guadeloupe’s goal. He scored the fifth goal.

Froylan Ledezma 4.5 - Kept on trying to add more goals, and assisted with the fifth.

Warren Granados - N/A

Marius Fausta 4.5 - A poor showing, but saved a few efforts from Costa Rica.

Cedric Avinel 4 - Was outpaced several times during.

Miguel Comminges 4 - Made several mistakes.

Mickael Tacalfred 4.5 - Was absent from defensive duties.

Eddy Viator 4 - Gave everything away to easily.

Aurelien Capoue 4.5 - Tirelessly sent in crosses, worked down the field, but nothing came of it.

Thomas Gamiette 4 - Tried to play the game, but committed too many fouls that hurt the team more.

Stephane Auvray 6 - The best on the field for Guadeloupe. All the balls went through and seemed to be like the only one trying to create anything.

Larry Clavier 5.5 - Tried tirelessly to help out the team. His great pace on the right troubled the Costa Rican defense, and he took advantage of the for Guadeloupe’s goal.

Loic Loval 4 - Missed a lot of chances. Kept on trying to do diving headers but it did not work out, and he seemed to spend more time on the floor.

Alexandre Alphonse 4.5 - Wasn’t present for most of the game, but showed up to score Guadeloupe’s lone goal.

Michael Antoine-Courier 3.5 - Missed a chance for goal when he first was subbed on.

Gregory Gendrey - N/A

Jean-Luc Lambourde - N/A

Player ratings by Andrea Martinez, Goal.com

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