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Monday, 10 June, 2002, 13:23 GMT 14:23 UK
Ticos carry on dreaming
Costa Rica fans celebrate in San Jose
Costa Rica fans celebrate in San Jose

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Costa Rica head in to their crucial Group C decider in upbeat mood despite the fact they are playing Brazil.

The late equalizer against Turkey on Sunday night greatly improves their prospects of qualifying for the second round.

"It was a draw for survival and to make us dream," La Republica newspaper reported, calling the match a "football feast" in which "only one ingredient was missing: victory"

The San Jose newspaper described Sunday's game as one of the best so far in the World Cup, and said the Costa Ricans put in their finest performance to date, making it feasible to dream about getting a point against Brazil on Thursday.

A draw would mean Turkey could not beat them to second place, even if they score half a dozen goals against China.

La Nacion daily agrees that Winston Parks' goal provides reason to keep faith in the team and to dream about a good result against Brazil.

Hundreds of supporters took the streets of San Jose to celebrate the draw that keeps the team in the World Cup, despite the game finishing at 5am local time.

But the newspaper also says that the Ticos showed some weaknesses against the Turks, including an inability to convert goal opportunities and a lack of consistency of play.

El Heraldo stresses the value of substitute striker Parks, who was a "trump card" for coach Alexandre Guimaraes.

Parks needed only 13 minutes to find the back of the net after coming off the bench and repeatedly had the Turkish defence on the ropes.

El Heraldo newspaper described the Costa Rica defence as its strongest point, and had particular praise for goalkeeper Erick Lonnis, who it compared to a lion.


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BRAZIL 3 +8 9
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COSTA RICA 3 -1 4
CHINA 3 -9 0

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