Costa Rica Defeat Super Eagles of Nigeria in International Friendly Match Played in San Jose

Costa Rica Defeat Super Eagles of Nigeria in International Friendly Match Played in San Jose

Babajide Orevba
  • Nigeria versus Costa Rica ended in a loss for the Super Eagles, who have now been beaten in three straight games
  • Oscar Duarte opened the scoring for the North Americans in the 7th minute, before Kendall Waston sealed the win in the 73rd minute with another fine strike
  • Nigeria play another friendly against Portugal on November 17, with foreign-based stars ready to face Cristiano Ronaldo and co.

World Cup-bound Costa Rica defeated the Super Eagles of Nigeria in an international friendly, played in San Jose in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

It was the first time both nations met at the senior level, and the North Americans had a field day.

Oscar Duarte and Kendall Waston scored in each half to secure the victory for the team participating in the World Cup, which starts on November 20.

Nigeria, Costa Rica, Super Eagles, Friendly match, third, loss, in a row
The friendly clash between Nigeria and Costa Rica ended 2-0 in favour of the North Americans. Photo: EZEQUIEL BECERRA.
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Both goals were assisted by former Arsenal star Joel Campbell, who impressed for the duration of the encounter.

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The game's first goal came in the 7th minute courtesy of a clinical strike by Duarte, and then Waston doubled the lead in the 73rd minute.

Costa Rica got off to a good start as they returned to winning ways, with their friendly against South Korea in September ending in a 2-2 draw.

For the Super Eagles however, it is now a third consecutive defeat.

The Super Eagles squad for the encounter was dominated by home-based players, as assistant coach Salisu Yusuf led 18 players to San Jose.

Up next for Nigeria is another friendly game against Portugal, a team who will also feature in this year’s World Cup.

Nigeria set for Portugal clash

Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that Nigeria will file out against Portugal in an international friendly on November 17, and captain Ahmed Musa will be available.

The Super Eagles' most-capped player returned to action for his Turkish club in the UEFA Europa Conference League.

Having recovered from an arm injury, Musa came on as a 76th-minute substitute in Sivasspor's final group game. His team played to a 1-1 draw with Slavia Praha of the Czech Republic on Thursday night.