WEFA World Nations Cup 2018 | Last 16
COSTA RICA 0-1 EBORIA
Roman Baric’s goal once again guides Eboria through to the next phase, safely seeing off the Ticos 1-0.
Eboria has a tough time against a resilient and rough n’ ready Costa Rica side. Los Ticos seemed happy to play with five at the back and try to catch out the Golden Stars on the counter. They nearly did it too, when Joel Campbell broke through and headed past an onrushing Scott Chambers- only for Mark Vladic to clear the ball moments before it could cross the line.
Eboria’s goal came in the 66th minute. Jordan Wilcox played a perfect through ball to Roman Baric, who flicked the ball deftly over Keylor Navas and into an empty goal.
Costa Rica had a shout for a late penalty waived off from the referee, replay’s showed that it was a 50-50 call, with Vladic perhaps getting away with the benefit of the doubt for his handball. It was judged to not be intentional and therefore not a penalty.
Eboria couldn’t double their lead and had to hang on for the last few minutes, with long balls peppered into their box. Thankfully, the Golden Stars’ defence held strong and they saw through to the final whistle intact.
Next up? Only the favourites, Brazil in the final Quarter Final tie!
Eboria (4-3-3): Chambers, Cooper, Myers (sub Givens), Ayandele (C), Vladic, Harrison, Mills (sub Lewis), Wilcox, Johnson (sub Carter), Thomas, Baric.