USMNT clear early deficit and beat Costa Rica in World Cup qualifier

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It doesn’t matter early in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, how the United States Men’s National Team reached the field of 32 in Qatar. It could be by the thinnest margins and all that would be remembered would be how the United States exorcised its demons four years earlier.

The lower of the margins is what it took Wednesday night against Costa Rica, with a double bounce off the post and one of the best goalkeepers in the world having to leave the game at half-time with an injury.

Going into the game 1-0 after just 60 seconds of play, the Americans came back for a critical 2-1 win over Costa Rica at Field, on goals from right-back Sergino Dest in the 25th minute and a shot on target. of forward Tim Weah who was credited as an own goal.

Sergiño Dest scored USMNT's first goal in the World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica in Columbus.

After a turnaround from Costa Rica just outside the penalty area in the 66th minute, Dest passed the flank to Weah who unleashed a shot at goalkeeper Leonel Moreira. The shot hit the post first, then Moreira’s left side and bounced off the post again before slipping through the goal and over the line.

USMNT’s chances of winning the game were undoubtedly increased when Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who starts for one of the best clubs in the world at Paris Saint-Germain, was substituted to start the second. half time after an adductor injury.

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