Belgium vs Costa Rica live score and goal updates – Daily News

Belgium vs Costa Rica live score and goal updates – Daily News


Belgium saw group rivals England make light work of the Central Americans at Elland Road last Thursday Now Roberto Martinez’s side take on Los Ticos in Brussels, before jetting off for Russia Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and co put Egypt to the sword last Wednesday with a 3-0 success, and have the Red Devils haven’t conceded a goal in their last four games The ex-Everton boss continues to persist with a 3-4-3 formation designed to bring the best out of his attackers, like Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, even with Vincent Kompany struggling to be fit for the opener against Panama next Monday Costa Rica meanwhile thrashed Northern Ireland before their England defeat, and the quarter-finalists in 2014 face an uphill task to repeat, having been paired with favourites Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland Keep up with all the action from tonight’s friendly encounter, right here, on Mirror Football Belgium XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, Carrasco; E Hazard, Mertens; Lukaku Costa Rica XI: Navas; Gamboa, Duarte, Acosta, Gonzalez, Oviedo; Bolanos, Tejeda, Borges, Ruiz; UrenaKey EventsTEAM NEWS – Costa Rica18:41TEAM NEWS – Belgium18:2520:3244 minsminute by minuteYellow card Giancarlo González Castro20:31Tremendous goal Well taken. Not much more you can say. England scouts in attendance will have been warned 20:3342 minsminute by minuteMertens has supplied plenty of brilliant balls to Lukaku in this game so far, but that one was rather special, twisting it between the fractured Costa Rica defence 20:3038 minsminute by minuteOffside against Lukaku now as he races on to meet a Mertens ball Belgium’s leading goalscorer is getting close to another one.20:3242 minsminute by minuteGOAL! 2-1 to Belgium! Lukaku finally finds the back of the net with no offside flag to foil him as he bundles in a great finish off a fantastic Mertens cross in to the left post The hosts hit the front for the first time; they lead by a goal in Brussels.20:2937 minsminute by minuteDisallowed goal for Belgium! Vertonghen heads on a Boyata header off a Mertens corner swung in from the left at the far post, but the linesman flags him up, to his outrage Boyata really should have buried the ball himself in the first instance; disappointing for the hosts 20:2735 minsminute by minuteThere’s a break in play now for Navas to get treatment; a Hazard shot from close range is saved by the keeper once more, only this time with his face and he requires attention for a bloody nose 20:27Eden Hazard has looked very dangerous tonight. Drifting past opponents for fun Can he translate it into goals?20:26Well the smiles have gone from Costa Rican faces since this moment They’ve been dragged level and it’s all Belgium right now.20:2633 minsminute by minuteLukaku almost makes it two goals in as many minutes for Belgium; he plants a left-footed effort towards Navas from the left of the box that the keeper has little trouble dealing with in the end 20:2431 minsminute by minuteHazard’s assist is more a mis-hit strike than anything else, as he sliced his effort aimed for the right post considerably wide to the left Regardless though, his side are back on equal terms.20:2231 minsminute by minuteGOAL! 1-1! Belgium pull it back to level pegging through Dries Mertens! The striker taps in a skewed Hazard ball through the Costa Rica box from the right at the left post, after the captain foxed a packed Costa Rica defensive line with some technical smarts All square in Brussels once again.20:1931 minsSTATSOverall Possession RatioPossession20:2626 minsminute by minuteBelgium have dominated this game from the off, and yet they trail after a truly unexpected goal from Costa Rica They do have a free-kick now from Hazard, 40 yards out on the right; yet it is a soft effort in the end and is duly bundled away in the crowded box by Acosta 20:18Bit of a shock then. Bryan Ruiz volley. Belgium have responded positively. Costa Rica now, allowed to sit back – can they be broken down?20:1728 minsminute by minuteSave from Navas! The Costa Rica keeper is having a great game so far as he gets a hand to a close-range Mertens effort near the right post The Belgian could have tipped it back in for Lukaku or Hazard; instead, the hosts are sent racing back to halfway to regather possession 20:1323 minsminute by minuteLukaku glides into the Costa Rica box again to meet a Meunier pass that is perfectly floated in from the right wing; again, Navas gets a touch and hooks it away from the stiker’s feet 20:1624 minsminute by minuteGOAL FOR COSTA RICA! BRYAN RUIZ MAKES IT 1-0 AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY! Where on earth did that come from?! Encroaching into the Belgium half on a rare venture, Borges tries a neat little chip from 25 yards out over the defence Vertonghen peels back to meet it but his clearing header is weak and lands at the feet of the Costa Rica captain who drills home from 12 yards out in the middle of the box past Courtois 1-0 to the visitors.20:1121 minsminute by minuteCarrasco launchs a looping cross in from the left wing looking for Lukaku – but puts it so deep that Navas saves it about a foot in front of goal instead with the striker nowhere in sniffing distance 20:09Over the 20’ mark now and still 0-0. Keylor Navas made a brilliant save from an offside Lukaku just now No goals though, although Belgium dominating possession.20:0819 minsminute by minuteLukaku! It’s a fantastic save from Navas to deny the Manchester United man as he slides onto a Hazard cross six yards out from the Costa Rica goal – though a belated whistle and flag deems the Belgian to have been offside 20:0617 minsminute by minuteBelgium earn another corner after Tejeda takes a De Bruyne pass to the line; from the set-piece, which bobs low, Vertonghen lands a header that drifts high and wide to the right at the near post 20:0416 minsSTATSOverall Possession RatioPossession20:0415 minsminute by minuteBelgium are currently 18 games unbeaten in all competitions, having not lost since an encounter with Spain in September 2016; under Martinez since, they have won 13 and drawn five 20:0213 minsminute by minuteDe Bruyne clips a lovely ball wide to the right looking for Hazard to collect and feed back in to Lukaku lurking near the box; the captain takes an uncharacteristic stumble as he tries to take possession however and the Costa Rica defence muscle up at the back 20:02Bright start from Belgium. Costa Rica far more open than expected. 20:0111 minsminute by minuteTejeda concedes a corner as Carrasco blasts an effort from 20 yards out into the Costa Rica man; from the resulting corner, Boyata sticks a header over the crossbar Belgium are looking in the mood in Brussels, threading together a consistent attacking threat play after play 19:599 minsminute by minuteLukaku slips a dangerous ball in looking for Mertens; Navas is there at the back to spring off his goal-line and snatch up the ball 19:557 minsminute by minuteMertens turns it in from the left and Costa Rica clear it to 30 yards away; Lukaku is allowed to prowl back into the crowded box with worrying ease, before he goes down appealing for a penalty that is waved away 19:556 minsminute by minuteMertens breaks now down the left, with a fizzing run that forces Costa Rica to back-pedal; they concede a corner through Acosta as he checks the forward’s run and forces the ball out

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