Copa America

July 7, 2011



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Costa Rica

Group A

22:15 +00:00, July 7, 2011

23 de Agosto, Jujuy, Argentina

Referee: Vera Rodríguez, Carlos Alfredo

Costa Rica 2, Bolivia 0

JUJUY, Argentina -- A second-string Costa Rica boosted its chances of reaching the knock-out stage of the Copa America by defeating 10-man Bolivia 2-0 on Thursday.

Costa Rica went ahead through Josue Martinez's goal in the 60th minute and put the game away with Joel's Campbell's strike in the 79th, capping a dominant second half.

Bolivia's Ronald Rivero was sent off in the 71st for using his arm to stop a goal-bound shot.

Colombia leads Group A with 4 points, followed by Costa Rica with 3, Argentina 2, and Bolivia 1. Each team has one match to play in the group stage, with the top two to progress to the quarterfinals, along with the best two third-placed teams in the three groups.

Costa Rica will take on under-pressure hosts Argentina on Monday, knowing a draw should be enough to reach the quarters, while Colombia will face Bolivia.

Costa Rica took control in the second half and should have scored several more.

"We put on the same display that we did against Colombia," Campbell said, talking about the team's narrow 1-0 loss to Colombia in the opener. "We put on a show tonight and we could have won by three, four or five goals."

Martinez gave Costa Rica the lead by putting in a rebound from a shot Bolivia keeper Carlos Arias failed to control. Campbell hit the crossbar minutes later on a free kick. Allen Guevara then missed a penalty in the 72nd before Campbell broke through for the second.

Costa Rica's David Guzman also hit the post seven minutes from the end.

Following Martinez's goal, Costa Rica players held up the jersey of Dennis Marshall, who was killed in a car crash last month shortly after Costa Rica's last match in the Gold Cup, the championship of North, Central America and the Caribbean.

Costa Rica and Mexico are using mostly under-23 Olympic-style squads in this tournament because they are not part of the South American confederation and are playing as guests. Their full-strength teams played in the Gold Cup.

Costa Rica coach Ricardo La Volpe, who was born in Argentina, will be ready for Monday's showdown against the Gauchos. Argentina struggled to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday against Colombia and will need to beat the Ticos to be sure of reaching the last eight.

"We know that with their result yesterday, Argentina will play a very strong game," he said. "Our victory tonight will not make them relax."



Bolivia: Carlos Arias, Lorgio Alvarez, Ronald Raldes, Ronald Rivero, Luis Gutierrez, Edivaldo Rojas (Alcides Pena, 67), Jaime Robles (Jose Chavez, 67), Walter Flores, Jhasmani Campos (Ronald Garcia, 79), Juan Carlos Arce, Marcelo Martins.

Costa Rica: Leonel Moreira, Johnny Acosta, Francisco Calvo, Oscar Duarte, Jose Salvatierra, Pedro Leal, David Guzman, Heiner Mora (Jose Cubero, 82), Diego Madrigal (Allen Guevara, 45), Josue Martinez (Cesar Elizondo, 81), Joel Campbell.

Scoring Summary

Bolivia Costa Rica
Carlos Erwin Arias (pen miss 71')Josue Martínez (59')
 Allen Guevara Zúniga (pen miss 71')
 Joel Campbell (78')