Arlington, TX- Costa Rica and Canada both faced off for the first quarterfinal of the night in a comfortable 2-0 win for the Canadians.
Costa Rica and Canada started things off evenly considering what was at stake; however, Costa Rica was more threatening and creating more plays in the first couple of minutes.
It wasn’t until the 18th minute of the first half that Canada scored after a great ball over the defense from Eustáquio to leave Junior Hoilett one on one with the keeper. Hoilett showcased his talent after he chipped the incoming Costa Rican goalkeeper to put his side upfront.
Despite Canada scoring first, Costa Rica showed a bit of composure and tried to score against the Canadian side to level things off.
To level things off, Costa Rica brought in their star player, Bryan Ruiz, hoping that his expertise and leadership could help level things off against the Canadians.
In the second half, we saw Canada cool things off to slow Costa Rica’s attempts to score. After some poor clearances in the back, Eustáquio sought a loose ball in the box and sent his shot past the Costa Rican goalkeeper to secure a 2-0 lead.
Canada was far more superior than the Costa Rican side. The Canadians were always more threatening in the front than their counterparts on Saturday night.
A significant factor in their quarterfinal matchup was Portuguese side F.C. Paços de Ferreira’s Stephen Eustáquio. Eustáquio scored his third goal of the tournament and registered his first assist.
“Number one we managed to keep a clean sheet and number two, that brotherhood were we see them pressuring Costa Rica,” said Canada head coach John Herdman. “That’s a strong mentality, to build that. I am extremely happy tonight, but we keep our feet on the ground & focus on the next match.”
After their win on Saturday night, the team will travel to the NRG Stadium in Houston to face off against the Mexican National team to reach the final at Allegiant Stadium on August 1.