UAE U-20 1-2 Costa Rica U-20: Last Minute Extra-Time Glory For Ticos
A late, late goal from Marcos Urena sent Los Ticos into the semis.
A 121st minute winner sent Costa Rica through to the semi-finals of the Under 20 World Cup, at the expense of the UAE.
It was a largely uninspiring start to the match, with Bryan Oviedo and Ahmed Khalil providing the only chances of the first half-hour, both of which missed the target.
Khalil was looking lively, and he set the first goal up on 33 minutes, crossing for Ahmed Ali, who left Esteban Alvarado in goal with no chance.
UAE did not have long to celebrate, however, as Josue Martinez rose to head Oviedo’s cross into the top corner just four minutes later.
Chances were at a premium in the second period as well, with Sultan Al Mehnali and Marcos Urena both wasting decent opportunities. However, with three minutes left, UAE should have sealed the deal, but Ali Makhboot could only hit the side netting with just the keeper to beat.
Spurred on by that chance, UAE came alive in extra-time, with Alvaro keeping Costa Rica in the game thanks to smart saves from Khalil and Hamdan Al Kamali. Then, two minutes before the end, drama struck as Mohamed Fawzi was sent off for a two-footed lunge.
There was hardly any time for Los Ticos to take advantage, but they did just that as Urena pounced after Allen Guevara’s shot was parried into his path by Abdulrahman.
The reward for Costa Rica is a semi-final date with Brazil, who thrashed them 5-0 in the group stage.