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Gold Cup: Costa Rica, USA advance to quater-finals with victories

10 July 2005 01:25

SEATTLE, Jul 10 (SW) - Costa Rica and the United States booked births in the quarter-finals of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday, notching Group B wins over Cuba and Canada respectively.

Costa Rica 3-1 Cuba

It was a debut Randall Brenes will never forget as he scored twice in his first international game to guide Costa Rica to a two-goal win.

After a goalless first half, Costa Rica brought on Brenes as a substitute for Bryan Ruíz and he quickly paid dividends. Just after the hour mark, a corner kick by Jafet Soto was met by the head of Brenes who made no mistake, beating goalkeeper Odelín Molina for a 1-0 lead.

Maykel Galindo pulled the Cubans level on 73 minutes after Alain Cervantes' chip found his teammate in open space. Galindo then went nutmeg on Costa Rica goalkeeper Álvaro Mesen for the goal.

Eight minutes later, Costa Rica won a penalty kick after Brenes was felled in the area. Soto, who scored a penalty in Costa Rica's earlier win over Canada, made no mistake this time, putting his side 2-1 in front. Brenes then added a penalty of his own five minutes later to cap off a thrilling start to his international career.

United States 2-0 Canada

The USA could not get past Canada in the first half, but just after the whistle restarted play in the second term, John O'Brien's cross in the area was met by Canada's Atiba Hutchinson who attempted to clear. However, Hutchinson's header went towards goal and eluded goalkeeper Greg Sutton to give the USA a 1-0 lead.

The Americans had many a chance in the game but only managed to cash in on one late on when Landon Donovan became the USA's third-most prolific scorer. He passed former Everton player Joe-Max Moore on the list with his 25th goal. Only Eric Wynalda and Brian McBride have scored more goals in a USA kit.

The USA will face off with Costa Rica in Foxboro at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday to determine who will go through as group winner while Canada face Cuba. The USA recently beat Costa Rica 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

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