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Costa Rica wins, El Salvador rallies to tie T&T
by Paul Kennedy, February 12th, 2009 7AM



[HEXAGONAL] Costa Rico joined the USA in first place after Day 1 of the final round of qualifying in the Concacaf zone thanks to a 2-0 win over visiting Honduras. Trinidad & Tobago had to settle for a share of the points at El Salvador when the hosts came back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 tie with two late goals by Osa Romero, both on free kicks and the second on the last kick of the game four minutes into stoppage time.

Costa Rica got two second-half goals 10 minutes apart from Andy Furtado -- the first on a header off Walter Centeno's bending free kick that went between goalie Noel Valladares' legs and the second after taking a perfect cross from Armando Alonso streaking down the right wing.

Trinidad & Tobago's Soca Warriors were cruising toward three points on goals by Carlos Edwards and Dwight Yorke (on a penalty after a foul on former Columbus Crew star Stern John), but the game turned when John missed a penalty kick of his own early in the second half.

Romero's goals came in the 79th minute and the fourth minute of injury time. After the game ended, Yorke was sent off after being given a second yellow card for dissent.

Trinidad & Tobago had lost central defender Keyeno Thomas with an injury early in the game.

Feb. 11 in San Jose
Costa Rica 2 Honduras 0. Goals: Furtado 48, 59
Costa Rica -- Gonzalez, Fernandez, Umana, Borges, Diaz, Myrie, Alonso (Oviedo, 83), Centeno, Sunsing (Herrera 75), Saborio (Hernandez 53), Furtado
Honduras -- Valladares, Garcia, Thomas, Guerrero, Figueroa, S.Martinez, Rodriguez (Nunez 53), Bernardez, Guevara, Suazo, W.Martinez (Chavez, 40)
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador).
Att.: 15,000.

Feb. 11 in San Salvador
El Salvador 2 Trinidad & Tobago 2. Goals: Romero 79, 90; Edwards 7, Yorke pen. 27.
El Salvador -- Gomez, Escobar, Gonzalez, Hernandez (Torres, 33), Sanchez, Pacheco, Martin (Coreas 61), Romero, Castillo, Quintanilla, Corrales (Zelaya, 46).
Trinidad & Tobago -- Ince, Edwards, Thomas (Hislop, 11), Lawrence, Birchall (Leon, 60), Edwards, Spann, Daniel, Yorke, Jones, John (Glen, 77).
Red card -- Trinidad & Tobago -- Yorke 90.
Referee: Marco Antonio Rodriguez (Mexico).
Att.: 20,000.



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