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Barrantes brilla en el triunfo de Costa Rica sobre Cuba

Portland, Oregón – Con dos goles de  Michael Barrantes, Costa Rica se impone 3-0 a Cuba en el primer partido del Grupo C de la Copa Oro 2013.

Después de un primer tiempo sin goles, los Ticos se fueron adelante en el marcador gracias a Barrantes, quien finalmente rompió la defensa cubana en el minuto 52 con un brillante remate de volea, mandando el balón a las redes desde una distancia de 17 metros.

Jairo Arrieta aumento la ventaja para Costa Rica en el minuto 71.

Barrantes anoto su segundo gol de la noche al minuto 77 con un fulminante tiro. Después de esquivar a dos defensas cubanos, el jugador tico incrustó el balón a la derecha del portero cubano Odelin Molina, logrando Costa Rica una ventaja definitiva de 3-0 sobre los cubanos. 

El centrocampista Barrantes del Aalesund de Noruega, casi logra un hat-trick, pero su gol al minuto 67 fue anulado por posición adelantada de su compañero Álvaro Saborío.

A cuatro minutos del final, el cubano José Cipriano Alfonso rompió la defensa Tica, pero su intento de disparo fue salvado por el arquero Tico Patrick Pemberton. El portero del Alajuelense hizo tres grandes atajadas en la noche, para dejar su marco en blanco y así continuar con la racha positiva que la selección de Costa Rica tiene ante Cuba y que se remonta a 1998.

Si bien el defensa costarricense Roy Miller tuvo la primera oportunidad de gol del partido tras un saque de esquina, tres minutos más tarde Cuba casi aprovecha un error de la defensa de Costa Rica cuando Alberto Gómez mando su disparo desviado de la portería. Ocho minutos antes de finalizar la primera parte, Gómez nuevamente se perdió un cabezazo con la portería abierta.

Costa Rica, que inauguro la Copa Oro 2011 con una victoria de 5-0 sobre Cuba, extendió su racha invicta a seis partidos consecutivos. Los Ticos se enfrentaran a Belice la noche del sábado, mientras que Cuba enfrentará a Estados Unidos. Ambos partidos se jugaran en el Estadio Rio Tinto en Sandy, Utah. 

 
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