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Ecuador 3-0 Costa Rica
Thursday, 15 June 2006


C Tenorio 8
A Delgado 54
I Kaviedes 90

Costa Rica


S Castillo 44yellow card
U De la Cruz 54yellow card
C Mora 60yellow card


L Marin 10yellow card
M Solis 28yellow card



54% 46%

Shots on target

6 4

Shots off target

10 9


3 4


11 22


  • 12 C Mora yellow card
  • 04 U De la Cruz yellow card
  • 18 N Reasco
  • 17 G Espinoza (68 J Guagua )
  • 03 I Hurtado
  • 14 S Castillo yellow card
  • 16 L Valencia (73 P Urrutia )
  • 20 E Tenorio
  • 08 E Mendez
  • 21 C Tenorio (45 I Kaviedes )
  • 11 A Delgado


  • 01 E Villafuerte,
  • 02 J Guagua,
  • 05 J Perlaza,
  • 06 P Urrutia,
  • 07 C Lara,
  • 09 F Borja,
  • 10 I Kaviedes,
  • 13 P Ambrossi,
  • 15 M Ayovi,
  • 19 L Saritama,
  • 22 D Lanza,
  • 23 C Benitez

Costa Rica

  • 18 J Porras
  • 12 L Gonzalez (56 C Hernandez )
  • 04 M Umana
  • 15 H Wallace
  • 03 L Marin yellow card
  • 06 D Fonseca (29 A Saborio )
  • 10 W Centeno (84 K Bernard )
  • 08 M Solis yellow card
  • 20 D Sequeira
  • 09 P Wanchope
  • 11 R Gomez


  • 02 J Drummond,
  • 07 C Bolanos,
  • 13 K Bernard,
  • 14 R Azofeifa,
  • 16 C Hernandez,
  • 17 G Badilla,
  • 19 A Saborio,
  • 21 V Nunez,
  • 22 M Rodriguez,
  • 23 W Alfaro,
  • 01 A Mesen

Ref: Coffi Codjia
Att: 50000


Have we seen the potential dark horses of the 2006 competition in Ecuador? The South Americans combined a water-tight defence with some lovely flowing attacking football to outclass Alexandre Guimaraes' Costa Rica side.

FULL-TIME: Little Ecuador qualify for the knock-out stages for the first time after a thrilling display of total football in Hamburg. Costa Rica simply had no answer and go out of the competition. The result also means Germany progress, but the hosts will not look forward to playing Luis Fernando Suarez's side who will only need a draw to top the group.

90 +2 mins: GOAL Ecuador 3-0 Costa Rica
Substitute Ivan Kaviedes produces a fitting finish with a superbly created and finished third goal. A typically flowing move from the South Americans ends with one of the stars of the show, Edison Mendez, crossing for Kaviedes to volley home.

89 mins: Ecuador's moment of glory will be delayed by four minutes of added on time.

86 mins: Perhaps Kurt Bernard should have been on from the start. The first time he gets the ball he twists, turns and powers his way through several challenges before laying the ball for Alvaro Saborio to fire a shot against the woodwork.

84 mins: Kurt Bernard is brought on for six minutes of action. He is the top scorer in domestic football back in Costa Rica, but he has a lot to do to turn things around for his side.

"Costa Rica seem to have run out of ideas - not that they had too many ideas in the first place. The good thing is that Ecuador are still going forward, still playing their game and they still want more goals."
Dion Dublin, BBC Five Live Sport

79 mins: Ivan Kaviedes has the chance for a third goal but after a strong run he drills his shot straight at Jose Porras.

78 mins: Alvaro Saborio causes a few oohs from some optimistic Costa Rica fans with a shot that is comfortably six yards wide.

76 mins: The Ecuador fans show their appreciaition as their team get the showboating under way. Costa Rica have not given up but they are finding it hard enough getting the ball off their opponents, never mind getting the two goals they need.

73 mins: Ecuador make their final substitution with Patricio Urrutia coming on for Luis Valencia.

70 mins: Jose Porras, who is sporting some fetching face paint in the Ecuador colours, feels the pain after coming off worse in a challenge with Ronald Gomez.

69 mins: The pressure is off for Ecuador but they continue to probe at the Costa Rica backline and Ivan Kaviedes has the ball in the net, only to be denied by the linesman's flag.

PLAYER RATER: Ecuador's opening scorer Carlos Tenorio, who went off at half-time, is leading your race with 8.85. Paulo Wanchope is not far behind with 8.45, despite having seen little of the ball so far. Perhaps there are lots of Manchester City, West Ham and Derby fans out there.

58 mins: Mauricio Solis gets the better of the Ecuador defence but his shot is turned around the post by Cristian Mora, who has had little to do but enjoy the Hamburg sunshine so far. He needn't have put himself out, as the shot was going wide.

56 mins: Costa Rica are forced into a second substitution with Carlos Hernandez replacing Leonardo Gonzalez.

55 mins: Ecuador look like becoming the first South American side into the second round. They went close in 2002 but this time there appears to be nothing stopping them. Perhaps they may even challenge Germany for first place in the group.

54 mins: GOAL Ecuador 2-0 Costa Rica
Agustin Delgado takes advantage of some slack defending to drive into the box and drill the ball home at the near post. A fine strike by the former Southampton misfit but the defending left a lot to be desired.

51 mins: Ecuador are straight back on the attack and a neat move ends with an acrobatic effort from Agustin Delgado that is gathered by Jose Porras.

49 mins: Ronald Gomez has a shot on goal and it is a decent effort. The striker is just wide with a left-foot shot that whistles past the post.

46 mins: Costa Rica need a goal if they are to go into their final game against Poland with any hope of qualifying. Unfortunately they face an Ecuador side that at half-time had gone 258 World Cup finals minutes without conceding.

1503 BST: The second half gets under way with Ecuador making a change. Carlos Tenorio, who got his second goal of the World Cup to put them ahead, is replaced by Ivan Kaviedes.

"I'm sure the Costa Rica coach would have had a few words at half-time. They need to up the work-rate and up the pace if they are to change around this scoreline."
Dion Dublin, BBC Five Live Sport

HALF-TIME: Costa Rica's misery is ended - for 15 minutes at least. Ecuador have been mightily impressive, with their yellow shirts and fluent passing it has been just like watching Brazil at times. They lead 1-0 and it could easily have been more.

45 mins: Agustin Delgado wastes a glorious chance to double their lead. Edison Mendez puts in a perfect centre but the former Southampton striker fails to connect cleanly with a casual attempt on goal and Costa Rica are given a major let-off.

44 mins: Ecuador's Segundo Castillo is shown the yellow card for what could only be for something he said to the referee.

43 mins: Costa Rica get a first sight on goal as Douglas Sequeira finds soom room at the back post and he should really have done better than head into the side-netting.

41 mins: Ecuador nearly fluke a second goal as Edwin Tenorio's cross takes a deflection and almost catches out Costa Rica keeper Jose Porras.

39 mins: Confident is oozing through this Ecuador side and another fluent passing move sees Neicer Reasco, who is virtually running the show from left-back, almost put in Edison Mendez.

36 mins: Costa Rica forward Ronald Gomez gets a sniff at goal, but he takes a touch too many and the impressive Ivan Hurtado comfortably wipes out the danger.

34 mins: Ecuador's early success seems to have gone to Edison Mendez as he wastes a good chance to put a dangerous free-kick into the area. Instead he attempts an ambitious shot that is well over.

28 mins: Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes is not messing about as he sees his team heading for an early exit from the tournament. Danny Fonseca's afternoon is a brief one as the midfielder is replaced by forward Alvaro Saborio. Costa Rica have had just 38% of possession so far so perhaps a change is not so surprising.

28 mins: Costa Rica's Mauricio Solis is the second player to go into referee Coffi Codjia's notebook for a bodycheck on his opposite number Edison Mendez.

23 mins: Costa Rica finally get some possession but Harold Wallace is far from happy as an errant pass sails over his head and out for a throw-in.

21 mins: The Ticos cannot get the ball off Ecuador as they stroke the ball around. Costa Rica resort to fouling Agustin Delgado.

17 mins: This si impressive stuff by Ecuador, who are showing that the win over Poland was no fluke. The fans give them a good South American welcome with a Mexican wave that goes all the way round the arena.

14 mins: Costa Rica are all at sea and Ecuador are looking to take advantage. They are happy to shoot on sight but Agustin Delgado's effort is wide.

10 mins: Luis Marin gets a booking for a foul on the goalscorer Carlos Tenorio.

8 mins: GOAL Ecuador 1-0 Costa Rica
Ecuador score with their first real chance through Carlos Tenorio. Agustin Delgado had a shot blocked and fed Luis Valencia to send in a perfect cross for Tenorio to nod home.

"The game has started brightly and I reckon there is going to be goals." Dion Dublin, BBC Five Live Sport

3 mins: Ecuador start the game brightly and we get our first sight of Paulo Wanchope with some fancy footwork in the corner, but it comes to nothing.

1 min: Ecuador's record at altitude was said to be the reason behind their good record in qualifying and right from the kick off they are looking to hit the high ball to the front men.

1400 BST: Hamburg is the host. Let's hope this game is as exciting as the first game in the AOL Arena, when Argentina beat Ivory Coast 2-1.


1345 BST: Costa Rica need at least a draw to keep their hopes of progressing alive but will almost certainly be going out for all three points here.

1344 BST: Last night's win for Germany means that a win for Ecuador will secure them a place in the knock-out stages for the first time in their history. It is only their second appearance in a World Cup finals.

1339 BST: It is another scorching day in Germany but that should not cause too many problems for either of these sides who will be well used to temperatures of about 28C.

1320 BST: Ecuador name an unchanged side from the one that beat Poland in their opening game.

Ivan Hurtado (calf), Carlos Tenorio (calf) and Agustin Delgado (back) all needed treatment during the week but are passed fit to play.

Costa Rica defender Harold Wallace is preferred to Jervis Drummond to deputise for the injured Gilberto Martinez in their only change from the opening game defeat to Germany.


Ecuador: Mora, De la Cruz, Reasco, Espinoza, Hurtado, Castillo, Valencia, Edwin Tenorio, Mendez, Carlos Tenorio, Delgado. Subs: Villafuerte, Guagua, Perlaza, Urrutia, Lara, Borja, Kaviedes, Ambrossi, Ayovi, Saritama, Lanza, Benitez.

Costa Rica: Porras, Gonzalez, Umana, Wallace, Marin, Fonseca, Centeno, Solis, Sequeira, Wanchope, Gomez. Subs: Drummond, Bolanos, Bernard, Azofeifa, Hernandez, Badilla, Saborio, Nunez, Rodriguez, Alfaro, Mesen.

Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin).

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