• Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

    Costa Rica drops narrow decision to Australia

    Action from the international friendly between Australia (yellow) and visiting Costa Rica on November 19, 2013, in Sydney. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)


    SYDNEY, Australia -- A second-half goal by Tim Cahill lifted host Australia to a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in an international friendly on Tuesday at Allianz Stadium. 

    The victory came on the debut of new head coach Ange Postecoglu, who was named to the position last month.

    Cahill entered the game seven minutes after the interval and got his name on the scoresheet in the 69th minute, heading home a Tommy Oar corner kick.  The goal, which took a deflection off Junior Diaz, was the New York Red Bulls forward’s 29th for the Socceroos, equaling Damien Mori's all-time record.

    Costa Rica nearly took a fifth-minute lead, when a mix up between left back Jason Davidson and goalkeeper Mat Ryan resulted in Ivan Franjic having to make an anxious clearance to avoid an own-goal.

    The home side settled down and forced Costa Rican goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton into two relatively comfortable saves before half-time.

    The first opportunity of the second half fell to Costa Rica, but Wellington Phoenix forward Kenny Cunningham misfired from inside the penalty area with only Ryan to beat.

    It was Australia’s second straight victory over a CONCACAF opponent after defeating Canada 3-0 last month in London.

  • Champions League

    Related News


CONCACAF Champions League Announces 2013-14 Schedule

Twenty-Four Teams set to Compete for Regional Club Championship Starting August 6.

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals Set

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today the official pairings and kick-off times of Quarterfinal matches in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

2014 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana update

The Union of Central American Football (UNCAF) revealed Wednesday that the next UNCAF Copa Centroamericana

Final 2013 Gold Cup rosters revealed

CONCACAF unveiled today the final rosters submitted by the National Teams participating in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

De La Torre, Mexico remain upbeat

SEATTLE – Mexico head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre trusts that his team will rebound from an opening 2-1 loss to Panama, when it faces Canada on Thursday in the second Group A match for each at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.