July 8, 2011
Costa Rica defeats Bolivia and will now face Argentina
Costa Rica was the protagonist of another surprise in the Copa America. The Central American squad won 2-0 against Bolivia.
By Stephen Lars
No one really was expecting the Copa America to go on this particular way. Brazil draw with Venezuela; Uruguay did so with Peru; Argentina has now tied its first two games against Bolivia and Colombia; in other words, this has been a fairly good tournament to play the underdog, or the draw if wagering with the Asian Handicap.
Costa Rica was the protagonist of another surprise in the Copa America. The Central American squad won 2-0 against Bolivia. The Bolivian squad ended with two expelled players, and left open the definition of Group A of the Copa America. The Costa Rican head coach, Ricardo Lavolpe, believes this win has given good spirits to the young squad. The Ticos team is made up mostly of U-23 players and yet, despite losing to the Colombians in their first game, the squad was able to dominate the Bolivian team and take to secure this win. Costa Rica will now face Argentina, the host team, in what is expected to be a very competitive game. Lavolpe believes that this win is a motivational boost against the Argentineans, but he also realizes that by winning over Bolivia, Argentina could be more relaxed as they might only need a draw to qualify into the quarterfinals.
The Costa Rican head coach, Ricardo Lavolpe, believes this win has given good spirits to the young squad.
Josue Martinez at 59 'and Joel Campbell at 78' scored the two goals for the Costa Rican team guided by the Argentine and Ricardo Lavolpe. Costa Rica now sits second in Group A with 3 Points. Colombia is No.1 with 4 points while Argentina is 3rd with 2. Bolivia is last with only one point.
Costa Rica’s head coach believes that they could actually win against Argentina on Monday. It’s going to be a very tall order, but considering the certain weaknesses that Argentina has shown in the first two games, particularly on their defensive end, one could expect this game to be quite a thriller.
Martinez's goal seemed to get the Bolivian squad off guard and certainly pushed the team into something just short of a state of chaos. The Bolivian players soon began to loose their temper and suffered its first expulsion in the 70th minute when Ronald Rivero touched the ball with his arm to keep the ball from entering the goal. Allen Guevara took the following penalty shot but an agile and fast Bolivian goalkeeper saved the penalty shot and the rebound to keep the score 0-1. But then it all went south. On the 75th minute of play Flores assaulted Walter Campbell earning a red card.
The match was refereed by Ecuador's Carlos Vera Rodriguez, and was held in the Stadium “August 23”, better known as "La Tacita de Plata", in the northern province of Jujuy, Argentina, before some 20,000 spectators. Costa Rica and Bolivia had only played one previous match. It was back in 2001 during this same tournament, when Colombia was the host country. The Costa Rican team had won that game by a 4-0 margin.
Many Argentinean fans are a bit upset about their team’s performance. If by any reason, the Costa Rican U-23 team defeats the host team, it will probably mean the head of the coaching staff. It really seems like the appropriate time for the Argentinean team to realize that they haven’t won a World Cup since 1986, despite arriving to each event as one of the favorites. Perhaps it is time to stop living from their past glories and start to put together a team that can actually work like a team a not like a group of individual stars.
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Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.