Costa Rica and Guinea played a 2-2 draw in their Group C encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Fatorda-Goa, on Tuesday evening, though the game could have gone either side during the course of the game.
and Yecxy Jarquin (26') and Andres Gomez (67') gave Costa Rica the lead twice in the game but Fandje Toure (30') and Ibrahima Soumah (81') brought the debutants back in the game as Guinea managed to salvage a point from this clash.
The Costa Rica starting XI was met by two changes effected by Breansse Camacho. Alexander Roman and Yecxy Jarquin, both of whom came off the bench in the 2-1 loss to Germany last weekend, started. Grevin Fonseca and Josue Abarca made way for the duo.
Meanwhile, Souleymane Camara made three changes from the side that lost 3-1 to Iran in their last game. Goalkeeper Mohamed Camara replaced Ibrahima Sylla. Ismael Traore and Elhadj Bah were the other two changes in place of Salia Bangoura and Cherif Camara.
Guinea's Fandje Toure went down clutching his groin after suffering a challenge while his shot in the sixth minute forced rival goalkeeper Ricardo Montenegro into making the first save of the match.
Out of nowhere, in the 21st minute, Sekou Camara picked Aguibou Camara in an open space from where the latter let go of a fierce right-footer that was met by an equally good save by Montenegro. The rebound from the save was headed on top of the net by Toure.
The deadlock was broken in the 26th minute as Jarquin gladly tapped Gomez' cross from the left into the bottom right corner. However, the equaliser didn't take long. Naby Bangoura attempted an overhead shot off Seydouba Cisse's cross from the right. Montenegro did well to keep the ball out despite a deflection off Fernan Faerron but could do nothing when the rebound reached Toure, who placed it at the back of the net at the half-hour mark.
Five minutes later, Montenegro denied Toure's header off Cisse's cross from the left, which was followed by Gomez' shot saved by Guinea goalkeeper Mohamed Camara soon after Montenegro was at hand to save another effort by Aguibou Camara and a good interplay between Guine's number 10 and Elhadj Bah was intervened by Faerron thereafter.
in what would given Guinea the lead, a goal was disallowed to the African team after Ibrahima Soumah slammed the ball home, which was after Aguibou was deemed to have fouled Montenegro. Just before half-time, Bangoura was able to control a long diagonal ball in the Costa Rica box but shot wide.
Minutes into the second half, Montenegro continued to be at his best as he blocked Aguibou Camara's shot from inside the box and was lucky enough to see Toure shoot the rebound wide.
Costa Rica were, however, living on the edge with close calls in front of goal as Djibril Sylla's attempt was blocked and from the resultant corner, Ismael Traore's shot from the left side of the six-yard box was saved in the bottom right corner by Montenegro.
The Costa Rica custodian had no time to rest through the game as he was forced by Bangoura into another daunting save. Completely against the run of play, Costa Rica regained their lead in the 67th minute as Gomez pounced on the rebound after Mohammed Camara saved Jarquin's header.
77 minutes into the game, Montenegro was still the man to beat as he did well to block Sylla's firmly struck shot on the turn. However, the Costa Rica goalkeeper, who must have made at least a dozen saves through the evening, had to pick the ball from his net in the 81st minute after Soumah smashed it past him from a rather difficult angle from the right as the assist came from Toure.
Guinea could have well bagged the winner in the 88th minute but Sylla was not quite able to get to the end of Toure's goalmouth cross from the right while Montenegro himself made sure the scoreline remained the same with a one-on-one save against Toure's attempt soon after.
The six minutes of stoppage time too failed to find a winner as the two teams opened their campaign with a point each. Montenegro made his nth save off a disappointingly weak shot by Toure during this time. Just before the referee blew the full time whistle, Costa Rica substitute Julen Cordero's shot spotted the Guinea goalkeeper off his line but the ball failed to dip enough.