Late-striking Ticos stay alive

With literally the last kick of the game, CONCACAF's Costa Rica earned their first win of these finals to send Scotland - winless from three matches - tumbling out of the competition. The Group F contest in Burnaby was an exciting affair and the Ticos will now be hoping things go their way on Sunday as they are still technically in the hunt for a spot in the knockout stages with three points.

The Scots looked to be heading for their first-ever win when Mark Reynolds put them ahead on 18 minutes after getting on the end of a nice piece of interplay. But the Ticos - determined not to leave Canada with at least a point for their troubles - dug deep and threw everything into a frenzied attack. Their equaliser came on 57 minutes and had a hint of good fortune about it. A deflected shot bounced off a Scottish defender, was whiffed on by Jean Solarzano and finally tucked home by Pablo Herrera. And with the momentum going their way in the dying moments the Scottish-sounding Costa Rican striker Jonathan McDonald hammered home from close range to seal the affair.

Costa Rica will now have to hope results fall in place in tomorrow's matches to determine if they finish as one of the four best third-place finishers and slip into the knockout rounds. Japan finished top of Group F after a 0-0 draw in their final match with Nigeria.