Costa Rica and Togo make their point
A timely header from substitute Josue Martinez nine minutes from time rescued a point for Costa Rica against Togo in their Group A clash at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 at the Suwon Sports Complex this Saturday.
The opening exchanges were somewhat cagey with both sides seizing each other up, but the game sprang into life on 23 minutes when a long distance effort by Costa Rica's Julio Ibarra tested the skills of Baba Tchagouni in the Sparrowhawks' goal. After that close call the Africans began to dominate proceedings, producing several good chances before midfielder Sopol Mani, the game's outstanding player, broke the deadlock with a powerful drive that found the corner of Leonel Moreira's goal.
For the second half, Tico coach Manuel Urena brought on striker Marcos Urena, who created plenty of danger only to spurn his side's two clearest chances. For the Togolese, Mani continued to pull the strings and, if anything, the Africans looked the more likely to score. Then, with victory seemingly slipping away, Josue Martinez got his head to a measured cross to earn his side a share of the spoils.