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Spain frustrated by determined Costa Rica
 Women's Football News 10 Jun 2015
 
Spain 1 (Losada 13) Costa Rica 1 (Cedeno 14)
Spain and Costa Rica shared the spoils as both teams made their World Cup debuts in a well contested match at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. 
 
However Spain will be left wondering how they didn't pick up all three points after dominating matters through the second half against a stubborn Costa Rica side.
 
Spain went into the match as favourites and they opened the scoring with thirteen minutes on the clock. After taking a short corner, Sonia Bermudez played the ball into the area for Vicky Losada to execute a neat turn in the area, before guiding a left foot shot past Dinnia Diaz for the opening goal.
 
Celebrations were to last barely a minute though, as Costa Rica came up with the perfect reply. Wendy Acosta's ball down the left was touched on for Lixy Rodriguez who drew three defenders before cutting back an inch perfect pass for Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno to sidefoot home from five yards.
 
It could have got even better for the Central American side as Katherine Alvarado played a free kick into the area from deep and although the ball cleared both forwards and defenders, it bounced up awkwardly in front of Ainhoa Tirapu who did well to gather at the second attempt.
 
Spain seized control of the play after the break and the first danger alert for their opponents came when Bermudez worked her way down the left and picked out Natalia Pablos Sanchon in the area, however the Arsenal striker was unable to dig out a shot and Acosta was able to clear.
 
Veronica Boquete charged down a clearance and broke down the right before cutting in and setting up a glorious chance for Jennifer Hermoso whose shot failed to hit the target.
 
Spain continued to attack down the flanks, this time Priscila Borja made a strong run down the left before her pass was laid off by Boquete into the path of Losada, whose curling shot looked destined for the top corner but Diaz did brilliantly to claw the ball away for a corner.
 
Still the Spanish side continued to attack but the goal just would not come. Natalia was inches wide with a left foot shot following a good run into the area and Boquete was to go close once again. Costa Rica stood firm under the pressure and with Diaz having a fine match in goal, held on for a point which opens up the group ahead of the remaining matches. 
 
Spain: Ainhoa Tirapu, Celia Jimenez (sub Ruth Garcia 62mins), Leire Landa, Marta Torrejon, Irene Paredes, Vicky Losada, Natalia Pablos Sanchon, Sonia Bermudez (sub Marta Corredera 72mins), Veronica Boquete, Jennifer Hermoso (sub Priscila Borja 84mins), Alexia Putellas.

Costa Rica: Dinnia Diaz, Maria Barrantes (sub Karla Villalobos 74mins), Katherine Alvarado, Wendy Acosta, Diana Saenz, Carol Sanchez, Melissa Herrera (sub Gabriela Guillen 88mins), Lixy Rodriguez, Carolina Venegas (sub Cristin Granados 80mins), Shirley Cruz, Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno.

Player of the match: Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno.


 
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