Game Notes: Costa Rica v French Guiana
Costa Rica (left) will face French Guiana in the last Group A match for each on July 14, 2017. (Photo: AFP Services)
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MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Cesar Ramos (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (Mexico)
4th Official: Rodphin Harris (Trinidad & Tobago)

 

DISCIPLINARY
SUSPENDED
Costa Rica: none
French Guiana: Florent Malouda, Kevin Rimane
 
SINGLE CAUTION

Costa Rica: Christian Gamboa, Giancarlo Gonzalez, David Guzman, Patrick Pemberton, Kenner Gutierrez

French Guiana: Roy Contout, Sloan Privat, Gregory Lescot

 

COSTA RICA

• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Canada 1, Costa Rica 1 ... Francisco Calvo headed in a corner kick for his first career GC goal to equalize before halftime, but Costa Rica was held to a fifth draw in eight all-time meetings v Canada despite forcing Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan into 10 saves ... Ticos winger Joel Campbell exited with an injury in the 24th minute

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 1-0 win v Honduras (Marco Ureña 39’); 1-1 draw v Canada (Francisco Calvo 42’)

• Head Coach: Oscar Ramirez (Costa Rica) ... since 2015 ... entering his second Gold Cup as national team coach ... played in three matches at 1991 Gold Cup

• Gold Cup appearances: 13 (1991, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) ... Gold Cup record: GP-52; W-17; D-16; L-19; GF-78; GA-64 ... Best Finish: Runner-up-1 (2002) ... Top GC Scorer: Walter Centeno (9 goals)​

• Qualification method: 4th place, 2017 Central American Cup (GP-5; W-1, D-3; L-1; GF-4; GA-2) ... Goals: Jose Guillermo Ortiz (2); Johan Venegas, Francisco Calvo (1)

• 2017 Copa Centroamericana results: 0-0 draw v El Salvador, 3-0 win v Belize, 0-0 draw Nicaragua, 1-1 draw v Honduras, 0-1 loss v Panama ... Costa Rica, which entered the competition as two-time defending champion, has won a record eight Copa Centroamerica titles

• 2017 Copa Centroamericana scorers: Jose Guillermo Ortiz (2 goals); Francisco Calvo, Johan Venegas (1)

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: currently second place in ​fifth round of CONCACAF qualifying ... Fifth-round record: GP-6; W-3; D-2; L-1; GF-9; GA-4 ... Overall qualifying record: GP-12; W-8, D-3; L-1; GF-20; GA-7

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, CONCACAF fifth round results: 2-0 win v Trinidad and Tobago (H), 4-0 win v United States (H), 0-2 loss v Mexico (A), 1-1 draw v Honduras (A), 0-0 draw v Panama (H), 2-1 win v Trinidad and Tobago (H) ... Remaining matches: United States (A), Mexico (H), Honduras (H), Panama (A)

• Advanced beyond group stage in nine consecutive GC appearances, dating back to the 2000 tournament ... eliminated at quarterfinal stage in last three appearances ... Progressed beyond group stage in 2015 despite failing to record a single victory in group play (0W-3D-0L) ... in 2015 edition, failed to win a match for second time in 12 GC appearances

• One of only two nations in GC history that has a positive all-time goal differential (plus-14) but a losing tournament record (Honduras is the other)

• Record against Caribbean GC opponents: GP-17; W-11; D-4; L-2; GF-42; GA-15 ... Unbeaten in last 12 matches against Caribbean sides and had won five straight before a 2-2 draw with Jamaica in group play during 2015 edition ... scored 54 percent of GC goals against Caribbean teams, in just 33 percent of GC matches

• Record in last GC group game: GP-12; W-3; D-5; L-4; GF-16; GA-16 ... Winless in last four final group games (0W-2D-2L)

• Captain Bryan Ruiz, the 2016 CONCACAF Player of the Year, has appeared in three previous Gold Cup editions ... the Sporting Lisbon forward’s two GC goals were scored 10 years apart: 3-2 quarterfinal loss to Honduras in 2005 & 1-1 draw with El Salvador in 2015

• Five players on roster have scored in GC: Marco Ureña (4 goals, including 2017); Bryan Ruiz (2); Joel Campbell, David Ramirez, Francisco Calvo (1)

• Scored and conceded one goal or fewer in five consecutive GC matches

 

FRENCH GUIANA

• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Honduras 0, French Guiana 0 ... The teams combined for 19 shots on goal, but ultimately neither could find a winner as they settled for a draw ... Early Friday morning, however, the CONCACAF Gold Cup Disciplinary Committee awarded Honduras a 3-0 victory due to French Guiana fielding an ineligible player (Florent Malouda)

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 2-4 loss v Canada (Roy Contout 69’; Sloan Privat 71’); 0-3 loss v Honduras (forfeit)

• Head Coach: Jair Karam (since 2013)

• CONCACAF Gold Cup appearances: 1 (2017)

• Qualification method: 3rd place, 2017 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup (Record: 5W-1D-2L; 16GF, 7GA)

• 2016/17 Caribbean Cup results: (1st Round) 1-2 loss v Bermuda, 3-0 win v Cuba; (2nd Round) 1-2 loss v Dominican Republic, 3-0 win v Bermuda; (3rd Round) 1-0 win v St. Kitts & Nevis, 5-2 v Haiti; (Semifinals) 1-1 draw v Jamaica, 2:4 pens; (3rd Place) 1-0 win v Martinique

• 2016/17 Caribbean Cup scorers: Sloan Privat (4 goals); Rhudy Evens (3); Arnold Abelinti, Ludovic Baal, Roy Contout (2); Loic Baal, Alex Eric, Kevin Rimane (1)

• Privat scored three goals in the Caribbean Cup encounter that secured French Guiana’s GC berth, a 5-2 victory over Haiti on November 9, 2016 ... Privat has scored five goals in his

last four appearances in competitive international matches

• Against Canada, Contout and Privat became the first players to score in a country’s inaugural Gold Cup match since Cedric Fiston (54’) equalized for Guadeloupe in a 1-1 draw with Haiti on June 6, 2007

• First side to make its GC debut since Grenada and Nicaragua both made their maiden appearances in the 2009 tournament ... attempting to be first tournament debutant to advance

from group since Guadeloupe in 2007 ... first team to score and earn a point in its GC debut tournament since Guadeloupe in 2007 ... third nation in a row to concede four goals in a match during its first GC tournament, after Grenada and Nicaragua each allowed four in a match in 2009

• Narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2015 GC after losing the CFU-UNCAF playoff to Honduras (agg: 3-4) ... 1st leg 3-1 home win (Marvin Torvic 26’; Sloan Privat 27’, 62’), 2nd leg: 0-3 away loss

• One of two 2017 GC entrants, along with Martinique, that competes in regional CONCACAF member competitions, but is not recognized as a FIFA member

• 12 of 23 players based professionally in France league pyramid, and 9 play in French Guiana’s domestic league