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Played
March 1, 2012 1:15 AM IST
Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 23000‎
 
 
Top of the Match
Joel Campbell
Joel Campbell
Costa Rica
Bryan Ruiz
Bryan Ruiz
Costa Rica
Flop of the Match
Hal Robson-Kanu
Hal Robson-Kanu
Wales
J. Salvatierra
J. Salvatierra
Costa Rica

Wales 0-1 Costa Rica: Arsenal man Joel Campbell grabs game's only goal as Coleman loses first match in charge

Gunners striker netted in the 18th minute to secure victory at the Cardiff City Stadium in Gary Speed's memorial game

By Simon Sinclair

International Friendly, Hal Robson-Kanu, Wales Vs Costa Rica
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Joel Campbell netted the only goal in Gary Speed's memorial match to secure victory for Costa Rica against Wales.

The visitors netted the winner in the seventh minute when Campbell, on loan at Lorient from Arsenal, broke behind the Welsh defence and met Bryan Ruiz's through ball to slot home to condemn Chris Cole to his first defeat in charge of Wales.

Coleman’s side had chances to get level as Steve Morison hit the bar in the first half and in the second Hal Robson-Kanu forced a brilliant save from Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas while Kenny Cunningham hit the post for the visitors late on.

Craig Bellamy captained Wales in the absence of the injured Aaron Ramsey, while Morison led the line by himself as Coleman opted for a five-man midfield.

Costa Rica got off to a brilliant start when Ruiz got the ball just outside the box and slid a wonderful ball between Darcy Blake and Ashley Williams for Campbell who had made a good run behind the defence and he made no mistake in slotting the ball past Lewis Price.

Campbell nearly doubled Costa Rica’s lead in the 18th minute when he was slid down the line by Ruiz and beat Blake for pace, he then shot at goal from a tight angle and Price was forced to make a good save as the ball seemed destined for the net.

Morison nearly got the Welsh level but his header clattered off the bar and was cleared after he had rose highest from Joe Allen’s corner and had got good contact on the ball but it rattled the bar and bounced to safety.

Wales came out in the second half looking to get back into the game and nearly did when Bellamy pounced on a mistake by Roy Miller who failed to clear his lines in the Costa Rica box but the Liverpool man’s effort went just over the bar.

The visitors were sitting deep and looking hit Coleman’s side on the break and this tactic nearly paid off when Bryan Oviedo broke down the left and fired a decent shot at goal which just crept past the post.

In an end-to-end game, Robson-Kanu produced a bit of magic and almost got the equaliser for Wales as he burst down the right and cut inside beating his man. The Reading winger then curled a left-footed shot towards goal which was brilliantly saved by Navas.

Cunningham nearly sealed the victory for Costa Rica when he chased down a long ball and beat Sam Ricketts before shooting at goal unfortunately for the striker his effort beat Price but slammed off the post and out of play.

Wales tried to force a winner in the final few minutes but were unable to break down the Costa Rica defence as Robert Earnshaw came closest his headed effort was ruled out for offside.



Wales

1
Lewis Price
Goalkeeper
3.00
6
Ashley Williams
Defender
70′
3.00
2
Chris Gunter
Defender
3.00
23
Darcy Blake
Midfielder
3.00
2
Adam Matthews
Defender
75′
3.00
-
Andrew Crofts
Midfielder
2.50
-
David Vaughan
Midfielder
70′
3.00
19
2.50
24
Joe Allen
Midfielder
63′
2.50
39
Craig Bellamy
Striker
75′
3.00
20
Steve Morison
Striker
69′
3.50

Costa Rica

3.00
-
K. Navas
Goalkeeper
3.00
8
3.00
-
2.50
-
M. Umaña
Defender
3.00
7
R. Miller
Defender
3.00
-
3.00
-
3.00
11
Bryan Ruiz
Striker
7′
4.00
11
3.50
-
3.00
22

Substitutes

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Jack Collison
Midfielder
63′
3.00
18
Sam Vokes
Striker
69′
3.00
28
Joe Ledley
Defender
70′
3.00
19
3.00
18
3.00
10
0.00

Substitutes

3.00
-
P. Gabas
Goalkeeper
68′
3.00
-
3.00
20

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