Costa Rica comes back to upset Suriname

Suriname went head-to-head with Costa Rica in a very tight game in 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Group C, with the more experienced Ticos taking the 2-1 win.

Costa Rica will now advance to the knockout stage of the Gold Cup. Suriname are therefore eliminated from reaching the next round, but did make history by scoring their first ever Gold Cup goal.

At the end of the first half in the 43’ right after a save, Alvarado made contact outside the box, earning a yellow card and giving Suriname a free-kick. Suriname FW Marc Jozefzoon took the shot, but it was off target and would be a missed opportunity to open the scoring. 

In the second half, Costa Rica came out with intense pressure on Suriname, but it was the Caribbean country that took advantage of their first opportunity. In the 52’, Suriname FW Gleofilo Vlijter scored the country’s first ever Gold Cup goal to give his side a 1-0 lead.

Costa Rica shook off the Suriname goal and roared back in the 58’ through veteran FW Joel Campbell found the 1-1 equalizer with a powerful header.

A minute later in the 59’, it was suddenly 2-1 to Costa Rica. Suriname GK Warner Hahn blocked a shot, but was unable to keep the ball under control and Costa Rica FW Celso Borges was there to send the ball to the back of the net, giving Costa Rica a 2-1 lead.

A confusing time for Costa Rica in the final minutes, as DF Francisco Calvo was sent off, and a stoppage time blast by FW Ivenzo Comvalius off the post nearly gave Suriname the equalizer. Costa Rica would hang on to defeat a valiant Suriname team.