Costa Rica and Guinea played a 2-2 draw to garner their first points in the FIFA Under-17 FIFA World Cup group C first match played at Nehru stadium, Fatorda on Tuesday.
The teams were level 1-1 at half time with Yecxy Jarquin finding the mark for Costa Rica (26th minute) and very soon thereafter Guinea equalised through Fandje Toure in the 30th minute.
The teams shared a goal each in the second session .Costa Rica grabbed the lead once again in the 67th minute through Andres Gomez while Guinea drew level in the 81st minute through defender Ibrahima Soumah.
Though there were no visible sparks for the first few minutes, Costa Rica survived some anxious moments as the match progressed with their keeper Ricardo Montenegro bringing spectacular saves on three counts.
Ricardo first parried a good shot from Guinea striker Fandje Toure who struck from the right flank in the very 5th minute of play and the easily collected a none to powerful shot by Naby Bangoura in the 21st minute, followed by a rocket like effort by Aquibou Camara .Late into the second session ,Ricardo showed his flair denying Guinea plenty of goal scoring opportunities..
It was only due to Costa Rican goalkeeper’s quick reactions that the team survived a barrage of attacks from the triumvirate of Fandje,Aquibou and Naby who went almost on a rampage.
Costa Rica took the lead in a counter attack in the 26th minute of play through Yecxy Jarquin who tapped the ball smartly to stun Guinea keeper Mohamed Camara . Jarquin made the best of a pass from the left flank by Andre Gomes, the speedy Costa Rican striker who worked all his way down from the middle and on reaching the corner of the left flank, sent a deft cross .
But the joy of Costan Rican team hardly lasted for four minutes when Guinea leveled in style.
Striker Seydouba Cisse crossed the ball from the left to Naby whose bicycle kick was parried away by Costa Rican keeper Ricard towards the face of the goal,where an unmarked Fandje Toure had no difficulty scoring the equaliser.
The second session saw both teams having ammunition to gain hold of the ball and creating some moves at either end.
While Costa Rica adopted a 2-6-2 formation, Guinea depended on 4-3-3 pattern and both the teams worked in contrasting styles to penetrate each other’s citadel.
Fandje Toure and Naby Bangoura constantly worked as poachers but the Costa Rican defense kept a hawk’s eye on them to avert danger.
Costa Rican suddenly hit back once again in a similar fashion just as they did in the first half, scoring a great goal to go 2-1 up.
Yecxy, the most reliable Costa Rican striker on receiving a through pass on the top of the box, unleashed a hot shot which Guinea keeper Mohamad Camara parried away, but the ball travelled to onrushing Andre Gomes, whose emphatic header crashed to the far corner of the rival nets.
But Guinea would not give up and producing a number of spectacular moves, threatened the Costa Rican defense time and often.
Plying their match with a war like effort, Guinea levelled the score in the 81st minute when defender Ibrahima Soumah, who overlapped a great deal, sent an elegant effort from the right flank to bulge the nets.(2-2).