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Played
June 9, 2011 7:00 PM EDT
Bank of America Stadium — Charlotte, North Carolina
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 46021‎
 
90+5′ R. Brenes
R. Zelaya 45′
Top of the Match
R. Zelaya
R. Zelaya
El Salvador
R. Zelaya
R. Zelaya
El Salvador
Flop of the Match
A. Saborío
A. Saborío
Costa Rica
A. Saborío
A. Saborío
Costa Rica

Costa Rica 1-1 El Salvador: Brenes captures late point

The Cuscatlecos were held to a draw after the Ticos drew level through Randall Brenes, who scored deep in injury time

By Clark Whitney

Rodolfo Zelaya, El Salvador vs. Costa Rica (Getty)
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El Salvador had a surprise lead erased at the death as Costa Rica came back from the brink of defeat to earn a draw in Thursday's Gold Cup match.

The Cuscatlecos entered the half-time break with a lead thanks to Rodolfo Zelaya's stunning free-kick, converted just moments before the interval. The 22-year old's strike shocked the Ticos, who had looked dangerous, with Alvaro Saborio having multiple good chances fail to find their way into the net.

Following the half-time interval, Costa Rica controlled the majority of possession and were rewarded for their efforts deep into injury time. Randall Brenes, a late substitute, made his impact in the 95th minute when he scored the equaliser.

The result sees Costa Rica move one point clear of Mexico for the lead in Group A at the moment. El Salvador would have entered a three-way tie for first place with a win, but instead move third.

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Costa Rica

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K. Navas
Goalkeeper
0.00
-
J. Acosta
Defender
63′
0.00
-
J. Salvatierra
Defender
37′
0.00
-
H. Mora
Defender
80′
0.00
20
Junior Díaz
Defender
0.00
-
Celso Borges
Midfielder
56′
0.00
30
Christian Bolaños
Midfielder
62′
0.00
13
Allen Guevara
Midfielder
95′
0.00
15
A. Saborío
Striker
0.00
-
M. Ureña
Striker
46′
0.00

El Salvador

0.00
1
M. Montes
Goalkeeper
53′
0.00
-
X. García
Defender
0.00
-
R. Hernández
Midfielder
0.00
24
D. Alas
Midfielder
0.00
23
L. Anaya
Defender
90′
0.00
4
V. Turcios
Defender
77′
0.00
-
A. Flores
Midfielder
72′
0.00
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G. Baires
Midfielder
10′ 46′
0.00
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Jaime Alas
Midfielder
0.00
-
0.00
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R. Zelaya
Striker
45′ 75′

Substitutes

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D. Grant
Goalkeeper
0.00
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0.00
11
Bryan Ruiz
Striker
46′
0.00
11
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17
0.00
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R. Brenes
Striker
80′ 95′
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
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0.00
25
Steve Purdy
Defender
0.00
-
S. Martín
Midfielder
72′
0.00
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R. Sánchez
Midfielder
46′
0.00
-
0.00
-
0.00
-
M. Blanco
Striker

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