07.06.2014 at 01:00 PPL Stadium, Philadelphia.
1 - 1
Republic of Ireland
Referee: Raul Castro
Jose Miguel Cubero,
Aidan Mc Geady
James Mc Clean
Ireland 1 – 1 Costa Rica
The Republic of Ireland were held to a 1-1 draw against a ten man Costa Rica side in the PPL Stadium, Philadelphia.
With Shane Duffy making his debut at centre half alongside Richard Keogh and Stephen Kelly and Marc Wilson playing at right and left back Martin O’Neill was true to his word in changing his starting XI almost entirely compared to the last match against Italy in Craven Cottage.
Kevin Doyle started up front alongside Robbie Keane and it was Doyle who got Ireland’s only goal in the 18th minute when he got on the end of a well delivered cross from Marc Wilson to steer his effort past the outstretched Navas in the Costa Rican goal.
Doyle was again at the centre of the action when Gonzalez was initially shown a yellow card for an elbow which he then decided to change to a red card, perhaps after seeing the blood pouring from the left side of Doyle’s head.
Shortly before half time, Marc Wilson felt his hamstring tighten and had to be substituted at left back by an out of position James McClean. Costa Rica came out fighting in the second half and despite their numerical disadvantage actually played much better than they had in the opening 45 minutes.
Campbell, Urena and Ruiz all combined to give Ireland a torrid time with Campbell making plenty of penetrating runs down the right and cutting inside to keep Richard Keogh and Shane Duffy very busy.
Ireland conceded a penalty in the 63rd minute when Campbell played a well-timed through ball to Urena who was taken down in the box by David Forde. Borges made no mistake from the spot blasting it high and down the middle to draw the game level.
Despite the pressure, Ireland still showed the ability to counter attack and just a few minutes later, Mora made a clumsy challenge on Stephen Quinn for an Irish penalty. Robbie Keane stepped up and missed only his second ever penalty in a green jersey with a fine save from Pemberton in goal.
Costa Rica continued to press high with the Irish defence tested on a number of occasions and Campbell was unlucky not to make it 2-1 with a fine shot across goal that David Forde managed to parry away from danger.
In the dying minutes of the game Ireland rallied but despite shots on target from Long, McGeady and Cox the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Martin O’Neill now turns his attention to Portugal who face Ireland at the Met Life Stadium in New Jersey on Tuesday.
IRELAND: David Forde, Marc Wilson (McClean 40), Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy, Stephen Kelly, Glenn Whelan, Paul Green (Jeff Hendrick 65), Anthony Pilkington (Aiden McGeady 65), Stephen Quinn (Simon Cox 84), Robbie Keane (Wes Hoolahan 84), Kevin Doyle (Shane Long 70).
COSTA RICA: Keylor Navas (Patrick Pemberton 45), Heiner Mora, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Oscar Duarte, Michael Umana, Junior Diaz, Marco Urena (Randall Brenes 77), Joel Campbell (Diego Calvo 86), Jose Miguel Cubero, Celso Borges, Bryan Ruiz (Bolanos 75).
From sky sports
Giancarlo Gonzalez's World Cup dream could be over after he was sent off in Costa Rica's 1-1 friendly draw with the Republic of Ireland.
The 26-year-old defender was dismissed after an ugly altercation with striker Kevin Doyle, who was left with blood pouring down his face, four minutes before the break at PPL Park in Philadelphia, and now faces an anxious wait to discover his fate with Costa Rica due to launch their campaign against Uruguay on June 14.
It proved to be an eventful evening as Doyle, making his first start under Martin O'Neill, handed Ireland an early lead with his 13th international goal before Gonzalez lost his head, only for Celso Borges to level from the penalty spot after the break.
Republic captain Robbie Keane could have restored his side's lead almost immediately, but saw his spot-kick saved by substitute goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton.
O'Neill promised to use the depth of his squad, and was as good as his word as he made nine changes to the side which drew 0-0 with Italy at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening.
One of those moves was to reintroduce Keane after a four-game absence, but there was also a senior debut for Everton defender Shane Duffy a little more than four years after he almost died on the training pitch after lacerating his liver in a freak accident.
Costa Rica started brightly with talisman Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell particularly lively.
Ireland might have got off to an ideal start when Keane ran on to Doyle's pass and shot instantly from 40 yards, almost catching goalkeeper Keylor Navas flat-footed.
Costa Rica played the more progressive football early on and it took a brave block by midfielder Paul Green to repel Jose Miguel Cubero's well-struck shot after he had been set up by a clever back-heeled pass from Ruiz.
However, they were having trouble dealing with Doyle's physicality, and Oscar Duarte had to clear the striker's 17th-minute cross after he had muscled his way past defender Michael Umana.
But the danger was far from over and when Marc Wilson played the ball back into the penalty area, Doyle powered a header from 17 yards beyond a despairing dive from Navas.
Ireland grew in confidence in the aftermath of the goal as Costa Rica lost their composure, although goalkeeper David Forde was relieved to see Borges shoot over after he had flapped at Heiner Mora's cross.
But Gonzalez, who had been fighting a running battle with Doyle throughout, allowed his frustration to get the better of him when he lashed out at the frontman, leaving him bleeding from a head wound.
Referee Raul Castro produced a yellow and then a red card amid a melee as players from both sides reacted angrily, but the defender had little choice but to head for the dressing room as Doyle was patched up on the pitch.
Costa Rica might have levelled in first half injury time when Duarte got his head to Borges' free-kick beyond the far post, but he could not hit the target.
Marco Urena blazed high and wide after appearing to get away with a tug on Richard Keogh's shirt, and was then denied by the same defender's sliding block.
Campbell took up the challenge with 53 minutes gone, cutting inside James McClean - he had replaced the injured Wilson before the break - and testing Forde at his near post.
Urena ran on to Campbell's reverse pass and went down under Forde's challenge, prompting referee Castro to point to the spot, and Borges duly obliged to level.
However, Ireland could have restored their lead within two minutes when the official awarded a second spot-kick, this time at the other end, after ruling that Quinn had been felled by Mora.
Keane stepped up ready to claim his 63rd goal for Ireland, but saw Pemberton dive to his right to palm the ball away.
As play switched rapidly from end to end, Campbell forced a diving save from Forde, but Pemberton had to pull off fine saves to deny substitutes Shane Long and Simon Cox as time ran down