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Costa Rica 1-2 Poland
Tuesday, 20 June 2006




Poland supporters at the Hanover Stadium

Poland supporters are out in force, hoping to cheer their side on to victory in the battle to avoid the Group A wooden spoon

Paulo Wanchope

Costa Rica make a lively start to the game with Paulo Wanchope and Ronald Gomez causing problems up front

Singapore referee Shamsul Maidin shows a yellow card to Arkadiusz Radomski

Referee Shamsul Maidin is keen to stamp his authority - Arkadiusz Radomski one of six players booked in the first half

Ronald Gomez (right) scores for Costa Rica

Midway through the first-half, the Ticos take the lead - Ronald Gomez bending a low free-kick round the Polish wall

Poland keeper Artur Boruc fails to save Ronald Gomez's free-kick

Gomez's shot is hit with such ferocity that Poland keeper Artur Boruc can do little to stop it hitting the back of the net

Costa Rica keeper Jose Porras (left) misses a corner and Boratosz Bosacki (right) scores

Poland are soon level after Ticos keeper Jose Porras makes a hash of a corner and Boratosz Bosacki forces the ball home

Boratosz Bosacki heads in Poland's second

Bosacki heads Poland in front after the break, climbing above Wanchope to nod in Jacek Krzynowek's corner

Costa Rica's Leonardo Gonzalez (left) squares up to Poland's Bartosz Bosacki

Tempers start to fray and there are ugly challenges from both sides as Costa Rica look for a way back into the game

Costa Rican defender Gabriel Badilla and midfielder Walter Centeno look dejected at the end of the World Cup

However their admirable fighting gets them nowhere and the Costa Rican's pride sinks with a 2-1 loss and a flight home



GROUP A: HOW THEY FINISHED

  PGDPTS
  Germany 3 6 9
  Ecuador 3 2 6
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  Poland 3 -2 3
  Costa Rica 3 -6 0


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