BARRANQUILLA, Colombia.- Costa Rica collected its third consecutive victory with a 2-1 defeat of Venezuela on Monday at the Estadio Moderno Julio Torres to seal its ticket to the semifinals of the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla.
Gabriela Guillén Alvarez gave the lead to Costa Rica in the 38th minute before Venezuela responded on 52 minutes when Ysaura Viso Garrido pulled the Vinotinto level with her second goal in the tournament. Costa Rica star Gloriana de Jesus Villalobos then took charge and sealed the victory in the 60th minute for the Central Americans with her second goal of the competition.
With the victory, the Ticas concludes Group A with nine points and will await its next opponent out of Group B, either Nicaragua or Trinidad and Tobago. Venezuela, despite the defeat, finishes with three points and takes second place in Group A based on having a better goal difference GF-5 GC-6 (-1) than host country Colombia, who also finished with three points.
After suffering two prior defeats, Jamaica bid adieu to the tournament with a victory by defeating Colombia 2-1. The Reggae Girlz took the lead in the 26th minute through Chinyelu Asher. Colombia equalized in the 35th minute with an Isabella Echeverri score, but Jody Brown would provide the winning goal in the 56th minute for Jamaica.
The semifinal matches are scheduled to be played on July 27. As the second-place team out of Group A, Venezuela will square off against the first-place team from Group B, while Group A winners Costa Rica will face the second-place team from Group B.
Juegos Centroamericanos y El Caribe
Group A results
Estadio Moderno Julio Torres
July 19, 2018
Venezuela: 2 Ysaura Candelaria Viso Garrido 56', Deyna Castellanos 81'
Jamaica: 1 Khadija Shaw 12'
Costa Rica: 1 Gloriana Villalobos 9'
21 July, 2018
Costa Rica: 2 María Katherine Alvarado 66', María Paula Salas 90 + 3 (criminal)
Jamaica: 1 Khadija Shaw 57'.
Colombia: 3 María Catalina Usme 4', Manuela Venegas Castaño 29', Marcela Restrepo 45'
Venezuela: 2 Oriana Yoselyn Altuve (2) 61' and 71'
July 23, 2018
Costa Rica: 2 Gabriela Guillén Alvarez 38', Gloriana Villalobos 60'
Venezuela: 1 Ysaura Viso Garrido 52'
Jamaica: 2 Chinleyu Asher 26', Jody Brown 56'
Colombia: 1 Isabella Echeveri 35'