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Waston goal lifts Costa Rica past Nicaragua
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Kendall Waston (pictured) scored to give Costa Rica a win over visiting Nicaragua in an international friendly on December 15, 2015, in Liberia. (Photo courtesy of Federación Costarricense de Fútbol)

LIBERIA, Costa Rica – Kendall Waston scored in the second half and Costa Rica earned a 1-0 win over visiting in an international friendly at the Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceño on Tuesday. 

It was a fourth straight win for the host, which completed a 2015 season that saw each of its 16 games be decided by one goal or fewer.

After a scoreless opening half, Waston beat goalkeeper Justo Lorente to Michael Barrantes’ left-sided corner kick, heading home from the edge of the six-yard box in the 59th minute.

The host’s lead was nearly doubled four minutes later, but Myron George’s effort was saved by Lorente.

Nicaragua unbeaten streak was snapped at five matches.

International Friendly

December 15, 2015: Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceño – Liberia, Costa Rica

Costa Rica 1 (Kendall Waston 59’)
Nicaragua 0 

Costa Rica: Marco Madrigal; Jose Mena, Roy Miller (Mauricio Montero 65’), Kendall Waston, Waylon Francis, Jordan Smith, Michael Barrantes (Julio Cascante 78’), Bismark Acosta, Rodney Wallace (Francisco Flores 88’), Jonathan Sibaja (Myron George 53’), Josue Martinez (Irving Barrantes 68’). Head Coach: Oscar Ramirez 

Nicaragua: Justo Lorente; Luis Fernando Copete, Carlos Chavarría (Norlan Cuadra 67’), Raul Leguias (Eulises Pavon 63’), Jason Casco, Josue Quijano, Juan Barrera, Luis Peralta (Daniel Reyes 80’), Manuel Rosas, Marlon Lopez, Elvis Pinel (Bryan Garcia 41’, Jessy Lopez 83’). Head Coach: Henry Duarte 

R: Jafeth Perea (Panama)

 
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