HOUSTON, Texas -- Costa Rica and Canada took steps toward advancing to the knockout rounds of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, playing to a 1-1 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday night.
The result left both teams at 1W-1D-0L, but the Canadians remained atop the Group A table with superior goal difference (+2 to +1). It was the fifth stalemate between them in eight all-time Gold Cup meetings, including the last three.
Canada took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute, when 16-year-old sensation Alphonso Davies netted his tournament-best third goal. The Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder raced in front of defender Christian Gamboa and finished with his left foot from eight yards off Michael Petrasso's diagonal feed from the right.
Costa Rica equalized in the 42nd minute, when defender Francisco Calvo – despite the close marking of Steven Vitoria -- headed in David Guzman’s right-sided corner kick from the edge of the six-yard box.
Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan was tested numerous times. He denied efforts by David Ramirez (41’) and David Guzman (45’+1) and saved a trio of Marco Urena attempts (51’, 81’, 88’)
Ramirez had replaced Joel Campbell, who suffered an apparent injury, in the 24th minute. Davies also left the game with an injured right foot in the 69th minute as he was replaced by Fraser Aird.
Costa Rica captain Bryan made his 100th international appearances.
Next up on July 14: At Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, Costa Rica will face French Guiana and Canada squares off against Honduras.