FIFA U17 World Cup: Rejuvenated Guinea left to share points with Costa Rica after a 2-2 draw
A dominant Guinea were forced to share points with clinical Costa Rica as goalkeeper Montenegro produced a man of the match display.
42 shots on goal with 14 shots on target for Guinea in contrast to Costa Rica's eight shots on goal. An astonishing figure that will give you a slight idea of how just how strong Guinea were, going forward today. Unlike their last game vs Iran in which Guinea's coach Camara admitted that his team were exhausted in the second half that they conceded 3 goals in.
The Guinea team today looked refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed. ''It was the consequence of the hard work we put in prior to this match, physically and mentally. We have to show the same level of stamina against Germany if we want to qualify for the Round of 16 and possibly progress even further'' said Coach Camara in response to what caused this change in energy for his team
Costa Rican goalkeeper Ricardo Montenegro was definitely the star of the night with his nince saves throughout the game that kept his team in the game. His performances earned him praise from both camps with Costa Rica coach Camacho saying ''He has amazing abilities and a great future. We have been working very hard with him and we are proud to have him as our goalkeeper because he is simply outstanding'' while Guinea Coach Camara also said '' He (Montenegro) played fantastic tonight. Definitely the best player on the pitch for me tonight.''
Besides dominating up front and with their forward Fandje Toure once again finding the back of the net and also picking up an assist, Guinea's fullbacks were at the top of their game today covering the length and breadth of the pitch, contributing equally to defence and attack. Right-Back Samuel Conte put it in a superb seven crosses into the box while left-back Ibrahima Souma put in four crosses and even scored Guinea's second goal. ''It was our strategy to create spaces for our fullbacks today and the fact that it was noticed and worked out proved that our plan and the work we put in was to good use'' said coach Camara
Costa Rica's coach Camacho ended by saying ''We had some moments of good football, we led twice but then the pressure got to us and we conceded twice. It's something we should work on. We need to be more solid and close out the match when we take the lead."