Carlos Muñoz (#9) runs past Costa Rica goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton after scoring in Chile's 4-0 win on January 22, 2014, in Coquimbo, Chile. (Photo courtesy of Federación de Fútbol de Chile)
COQUIMBO, Chile – Pablo Hernandez scored two goals and Chile defeated visiting Costa Rica 4-0 in an international friendly on Wednesday before a crowd of 20,000 at the Estadio Francisco Sánchez Rumoroso.
The match was the first for both sides in 2014 as they begin preparations for the FIFA World Cup.
Costa Rica got off to a solid start, but Sweden-born defender Miiko Albornoz put the host ahead in the 13th minute. After the Ticos could not clear a left-sided free kick placed into its box, the 23-year-old pounced to lash in from 10-yards out.
The Chileans tripled their lead thanks to a Hernandez brace early in the second half. His 50th minute header hit off the hands of goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton and rolled over the line. Three minutes later, the O’Higgins midfielder used his head again to elude the Alajuelense star.
An unmarked Carlos Muñoz completed the scoreline with 11 minutes remaining in normal time, poking home from inside the six-yard box.
Costa Rica will look to bounce back on Saturday, when it faces Korea Republic at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.