- Costa Rica hit back to clinch point
- Tale of two penalties see the pair sit bottom of Group C
- Portugal reduced to ten men as Ruben Dias saw red
Portugal saw their start to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 continue to stutter as they relinquished a lead to draw 1-1 with Costa Rica.
The two sides had shown their passing prowess in their opening encounters with Iran and Zambia, but both had also left with nothing. Among today’s elegant and incisive interchanges, Diogo Goncalves stood out, providing Xande Silva with the second of two early chances – a superb through-ball to send him clear – but Los Ticos keeper Erick Pineda denied him superbly.
Pineda came within a whisker of stopping Goncalves opening the scoring, too, getting hands to the Benfica man’s penalty – given for handball – but parrying it just inside the post.
Immediately after the break, deja vu struck. Same end, another penalty – this time for a foul on Jonathan Martinez – and another unfortunate goalkeeping error. Diogo Costa stopped Jimmy Marin’s effort, only to see it ricochet in off his knee.
Portugal put pedal to the metal for the win with attacking substitutions but a red card for captain Ruben Dias undermined their efforts as they pressured with little end result.