Burkina Faso have secured second in the group and with it a place in the Round of 16 thanks to a comprehensive 4-1 win over ten-man Costa Rica who are eliminated. The Central Americans went into the match needing a win while the African side could afford to draw to edge their opponents in the group.
The match couldn't have started better for Young Etalons, nor worse for Los Ticos. Just 12 minutes into the match the Costa Rica defence went to sleep allowing Zidane Zoungrana to ghost into acres of space down the left after collecting a pass from deep and the superbly monikered Burkina Faso midfielder had all the time in the world to pick his spot past Mauricio Vargas.
Just a minute later the task became significantly harder for Costa Rica with Adrian Mora dismissed for a lunge on an opponent on the half-way line. Costa Rica were not to be deterred however and tried to claw their way back into the contest. Soon after the red card, a free-kick from Ticos striker Joel Campbell was spectacularly tipped over by goalkeeper Germain Sanou. Then a Juan Golobio effort from distance was perilously close to the target.
It was the Africans though who got the crucial second goal with Abdoulaye Ibrango released by a threaded pass from midfield to rifle a low shot into the net on 38 minutes as Costa Rica's dream slipped away. The Young Ticos still pushed forward and Golobio exchanged passes with Campbell who had the chance to score but he telegraphed his intentions and Sanou was able to make the save.
The end-to-end action continued in the second half with Burkina Faso's Mouhamed Ouattara breaking down the left flank and playing a ball across the penalty area where Fadil Sido rattled the crossbar with a side-footed volley. Vargas then had to stretch to tip a header from captain Dalhata Soro over the crossbar as he got on the end of a corner.
Louckmane Ouedraogo finally put the match beyond doubt eight minutes from time as he slipped the ball past a completely exposed Vargas after breaking into the box from the right. Costa Rica secured a deserved consolation four minutes later with Golobio scoring with a low free-kick past the wall and an unsighted Sanou.
In the final minute of regulation the Burkinabe iced the cake with a goal from Bertrand Traore, with the tournament's youngest player becoming the tournament's youngest goalscorer. The 14-year-old flanker cut in from the right, dribbled past a couple of defenders with a silky left foot before firing home a shot from the edge of the penalty area which deflected into the net. Defeat means the end of the road for Costa Rica while Burkina Faso finish second in the group and will play the winner of Group E, a position currently held down by Spain.