El Salvador's Roberto Dominguez (pictured) celebrates with teammates after scoring against host Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship on February 19, 2017, in Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – El Salvador got its 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship campaign off to an impressive start with a 1-0 win over host Costa Rica in the opener for each on Sunday at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa.
Roberto Dominguez scored the game’s only goal in the 70th minute, when he appeared to head slightly Denilson Rosales’ right-sided free kick past right-diving goalkeeper Mario Sequeira.
With three points in the bank, the Cuscatlecos have sole possession of first place in Group C after Bermuda and Trinidad & Tobago battled to a 1-1 draw earlier in the day.
Costa Rica played the last seven minutes down a player after Esteban Gonzalez was ejected for his second yellow card.
Dominguez, 19, was named the best young player in last month’s Copa Centroamericana as El Salvador finished third to qualify for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
On Wednesday, at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, El Salvador faces Bermuda and Costa Rica will look to bounce back against Trinidad & Tobago.