Saborio sends Ticos to semis
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Alvaro Saborio scored twice to lead Costa Rica to a 5-1 victory over Guadeloupe and into the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. With the victory in the new state-of-the-art home of the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys, Costa Rica booked a semi-final match in Chicago with either Mexico or Haiti, who square off in the remaining quarter-final.

Costa Rica jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first 16 minutes, with a goal from Celso Borges in the third minute and Saborio in the 16th.

Armando Alonso played a role in the first two goals, passing the ball to Borges, whose bicycle kick bounced once and landed just inside the goal of keeper Marius Fausta.

"It was a great pass by Alonso," Borges said. "I didn't think twice about it. I just let the play guide me."

Giving up two goals was a big blow. We couldn't change the course of the game.
Guadeloupe coach Roger Salnot

Saborio extended the lead when he headed in a pass from Alonso. Andy Herron's goal on an assist from Saborio in the 47th minute stretched Costa Rica's lead to 3-0.

Guadeloupe trimmed the deficit thanks to Alexander Alphonse's header in the 64th. But another goal by Saborio in the 71st and Pablo Herrera's 89th-minute strike sealed the win for Costa Rica.

"We started the game not concentrating," said Guadeloupe coach Roger Salnot. "We were out of sorts. Giving up two goals was a big blow. We couldn't change the course of the game."