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Costa Rica 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Celso Borges, Stephen Kelly, Richard Keogh and David Forde battle for the ball in Costa Rica's draw with the Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane had a penalty saved as 10-man Costa Rica fought back to earn a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Philadelphia.

Kevin Doyle headed Ireland in front after 18 minutes before Celso Borges equalised from the spot for World Cup-bound Costa Rica in the 64th minute.

Giancarlo Gonzalez was sent off just before half-time for elbowing Doyle.

Keane had the chance to restore the lead but substitute goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton denied the LA Galaxy forward.

Irish keeper David Forde, who had brought down Los Tico's striker Marco Urena to concede the earlier penalty, then made a good save from Arsenal's Joel Campbell to help secure the draw.

Doyle required five stitches following his altercation with defender Gonzalez, who had endured a running battle with the Wolves forward during the first-half at PPL Park.

After the match, Gonzalez's actions were swiftly condemned by Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto, and Ireland defender Richard Keogh.

"It was stupid, he deserved to be sent off," said Keogh. "I hope he learns from it because he has let his team-mates down and let his country down.

"It was stupid, very stupid. I don't know what went through his head."

Pinto told Gonzalez that his actions were unacceptable and warned the 26-year-old about his future conduct.

The Colombian said: "I spoke to him and I said that this is something that cannot happen now that we are going to a World Cup."

Costa Rica, who lost their previous World Cup warm-up match 3-1 to fellow finalists Japan, now head to Brazil to open their campaign against Uruguay before facing Italy and England in Group D.

Ireland, who will play World Cup finalists Portugal at New Jersey's MetLife stadium on Tuesday, did not reach the finals.

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Line-ups

Costa Rica

  • 1NavasSubstituted forPembertonat 45'minutes
  • 8Mora
  • 6Duarte
  • 3GonzalezBooked at 42mins
  • 4Umana
  • 15Díaz Campbell
  • 10RuizSubstituted forBolanosat 75'minutes
  • 22Cubero Loria
  • 5Borges
  • 21UreñaSubstituted forBrenesat 79'minutes
  • 9CampbellSubstituted forCalvoat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Acosta
  • 7Bolanos
  • 11Barrantes
  • 12Francis
  • 13Granados Maroto
  • 14Brenes
  • 16Gamboa
  • 17Tejeda Valverde
  • 18Pemberton
  • 19Miller
  • 20Calvo
  • 23Cambronero

R. of Ireland

  • 1FordeBooked at 63mins
  • 2Kelly
  • 4Keogh
  • 12Duffy
  • 3WilsonSubstituted forMcCleanat 41'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 6WhelanBooked at 45mins
  • 15GreenSubstituted forHendrickat 65'minutes
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forMcGeadyat 68'minutes
  • 22DoyleBooked at 41minsSubstituted forLongat 70'minutes
  • 18QuinnSubstituted forCoxat 84'minutes
  • 10KeaneSubstituted forHoolahanat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McGeady
  • 8Meyler
  • 9Long
  • 11McClean
  • 16Elliot
  • 19Cox
  • 20Hoolahan
  • 23Lawlor
  • 24Pearce
  • 25Hendrick
Referee:
Raul Castro

Match Stats

Home TeamCosta RicaAway TeamR. of Ireland
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Costa Rica 1, Republic of Ireland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Costa Rica 1, Republic of Ireland 1.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Patrick Pemberton.

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Celso Borges.

Attempt blocked. Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. Diego Calvo replaces Joel Campbell.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Simon Cox.

Foul by Michael Umaña (Costa Rica).

Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Simon Cox replaces Stephen Quinn.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Wes Hoolahan replaces Robbie Keane.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Patrick Pemberton.

Attempt saved. Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James McClean.

Foul by Joel Campbell (Costa Rica).

James McClean (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Christian Bolaños (Costa Rica).

Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Randall Brenes (Costa Rica) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. Randall Brenes replaces Marcos Ureña.

Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Corner, Costa Rica. Conceded by James McClean.

Attempt blocked. Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Heiner Mora.

Attempt saved. Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. Christian Bolaños replaces Bryan Ruiz.

Foul by Joel Campbell (Costa Rica).

Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Oscar Duarte.

Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Shane Long replaces Kevin Doyle.

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Stephen Kelly tries a through ball, but Robbie Keane is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by José Cubero.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Aiden McGeady replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James McClean with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Michael Umaña.

Penalty saved! Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Heiner Mora (Costa Rica) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Republic of Ireland. Stephen Quinn draws a foul in the penalty area.

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