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Wednesday, 26 June, 2002, 11:16 GMT 12:16 UK

COSTA RICA

Fan denies throwing opener
Former captain Fan Zhiyi is taking legal action after accusations that China lost to Costa Rica on purpose.

Solis signs for OFI Crete
Costa Rica midfielder Mauricio Solis joins Greek First Division club OFI Crete in a three-year deal.

Trio announce retirement
Costa Rica's Hernan Medford, Erick Lonnis and Wilmer Lopez all retire from international football.

Wanchope welcomes City challenge
Paulo Wanchope faces increased competition on his return to Manchester City next season.

Ticos take honourable exit
The Costa Rican media are sad but proud of their national team's preformances at the World Cup.

Brazil dump out Costa Rica
Costa Rica go out of the World Cup with a 5-2 defeat to mighty Brazil in the most open match of the tournament.

Costa Rica take pride in defeat
Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes says his side proved a point to the world in their thrilling 5-2 defeat by Brazil.

Scolari admits to frail defence
Brazil coach Filipe Scolari says his side must work on their defence ahead of the knockout stages.

Clockwatch: Costa Rica 2-5 Brazil
Brazil continue their impressive start to the World Cup by demolishing Costa Rica in Suwon.

Coach's future in doubt
Alexandre Guimaraes may not be in charge for much longer despite Costa Rica's fine showing at the World Cup so far.

Ticos carry on dreaming
The Costa Ricans head in to their crucial Group C decider in upbeat mood despite the fact they are playing Brazil.

Parks strike denies Turkey
Winston Parks' late equaliser earns Costa Rica a 1-1 draw against Turkey.

Guimaraes' praise for battlers
Costa Rica coach Alexander Guimaraes praises his side's character after their hard-fought 1-1 draw against Turkey.

Turkey remain confident
Turkey coach Senol Gunes says his side will reach the second round despite being held by Costa Rica.

Clockwatch: Costa Rica 1-1 Turkey
Minute-by-minute action from the exciting Group C draw between Costa Rica and Turkey in Incheon.

Wallace battles injury
Costa Rica midfielder Harold Wallace faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday's match with Turkey.

China broken by Costa Rica
World Cup debutants China suffer a 2-0 defeat by Costa Rica in a Group C encounter.

Guimaraes expels Brazil thoughts
Costa Rica's Brazilian coach Alexandre Guimaraes refuses to think about the match against his home country.

Milutinovic keeps positive
China coach Bora Milutinovic is upbeat despite his side's defeat to Costa Rica in their first game of the World Cup.

Clockwatch: China 0-2 Costa Rica
All the action as Costa Rica take three points against China in Gwangju.

Ticos feel the strain
Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes says his players need rest after a secret training exercise against the US squad on Thursday.

Guimaraes still undecided
Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes said he will finalise his starting line-up after their World Cup warm-up with the US.

Flu worry for China coach
China coach Bora Milutinovic could miss his team's opening game against Costa Rica with heavy flu.

Guimaraes considers options
The Costa Rica coach has one or two decisions to make before settling on the starting XI to play China next Tuesday.

Belgium's new blow
Belgium defender Glen de Boeck is injured in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica.

Ticos losing media support
Costa Rica's defeat by Nagoya Grampus Eight on Tuesday sparks concern in the country's newspapers.

Parks seeks Wanchope link-up
Costa Rica's new young striking talent thinks he and Paolo Wanchope could play well in tandem.

Costa Rica captain misses out
Costa Rica captain Reynaldo Parks is ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

Guimares adopts pragmatic approach
Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimares says his team will put winning far above playing attractive football.

Costa Rica jet in to Japan
Costa Rica become the first overseas side to arrive in the Far East and get straight on the practice pitch.

Ticos are first to get started
Costa Rica arrive in Japan with Paolo Wanchope fit and raring to go.

Guimaraes flies with reservations
Coach Alexandre Guimaraes says his side have mistakes to rectify when they arrive in Japan next week.

Costa Rica suffer at home
Colombia dent Costa Rica's build-up to the World Cup with a 2-1 win despite playing more than 30 minutes with 10 men.

Wanchope makes squad
Paulo Wanchope is named in Costa Rica's World Cup squad after winning his fitness battle for the finals.

Guimaraes: Mission accomplished
Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes says results mattered less than the experience gained on the Far East tour.

Nunes calls for change
Former coach Gilson Nunes believes that Costa Rica should adopt a three-pronged attack at the World Cup.

Cha inspires South Korea
Cha Doo-Ri scores and makes a goal as South Korea register a 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

Costa Rica hold Japan
Japan and Costa Rica play out a 1-1 draw as they continue their World Cup build-up in Yokohama.

Cash bonanza for Costa Rica
Qualification for the 2002 World Cup earns Costa Rica's football federation a $1m bonus.

Medford faces tough decision
Costa Rica's veteran striker Hernan Medford is warned he may risk long-term damage to his knee if he goes to the World Cup.

Guima's trip down memory lane
Coach Alexandre Guimaraes will face the man who coached him in Italia 90 - Bora Milutinovic.

Guimaraes worried about World Cup
Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes fears poor preparation could result in him taking unfit players to the World Cup finals.

Confident Costa Rica ready to shine
Costa Rica battled through disorganisation to qualify for their second World Cup finals - and they are in bullish mood.

The World Cup stats
Statistical analysis of Costa Rica's performance in the finals.

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