• Sunday Mar 23, 2014

    U-17 WWC: Brave Costa Rica falls to Zambia

     Costa Rica's Sofia Varela celebrates after scoring against Zambia in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma on March 22, 2014, in Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)


    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Costa Rica ended its participation as host of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 loss to Zambia on Saturday the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma.

    The young Ticas took an early 1-0 lead through Sofia Varela, but were denied their first Group A points thanks to an African side that rallied to score once in each half.

    Varela netted Costa Rica’s first goal of the tournament in the third minute, receiving a brilliant feed from the exceptional Gloriana Villalobos and finishing past goalkeeper Hazel Nali.

    Five minutes later, though, Zambia on even terms as Grace Chanda headed in from close range.

    Later in the half, Chanda hit the post and Memory Phiri missed on the follow-up.

    In the 69th minute, an own-goal gave the Zambians the win.  Defender Maria Araya made a back pass to goalkeeper Yolian Salas, who missed on her kick and the ball rolled excruciatingly over the line.

    Also on Saturday, in a battle of two sides that previously sealed quarterfinal berths, Venezuela (3-0-0, 9 points) posted a 1-0 victory over Italy (2-0-1, 6 points) to capture the group.

    NOTES: After losing in the opener to Venezuela, 3-0, Costa Rica dropped its next two decisions by narrow single-goal margins.

  • Champions League

    Related News


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.

2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals Schedule Set

Eight teams will battle for a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014

Schedule Announced for CCA 2014

Tickets for Official UNCAF Tournament on sale to the general public this Tuesday, July 22