Ten-man Costa Rica draw 1-1 with Ireland

Ten-man Costa Rica played to a 1-1 draw with Ireland on Friday in the Ticos` final friendly before they head to the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Costa Rica had been hoping for a morale-boosting victory after falling 3-1 to World Cup-bound Japan on Monday.

But their chances dimmed in the 41st minute when defender Giancarlo Gonzalez was sent off for elbowing Ireland forward Kevin Doyle.

Doyle had opened the scoring for Ireland in the 18th minute with a crisp header of a cross from Marc Wilson.

Down a man, Costa Rica continued to press in the second half and got their chance after Ireland goalkeeper David Forde brought down Marco Urena in the area.

Celso Borges converted the resulting penalty in the 64th minute and Patrick Pemberton, who replaced Keylor Navas in the Costa Rican goal at halftime, kept it level when he saved a penalty from Robbie Keane that was awarded after a foul by Heiner Mora.

Ireland, who didn`t qualify for the finals, will test another World Cup-bound team on Tuesday when they play Portugal at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Costa Rica will open their World Cup campaign against Uruguay on June 14 and will also face Italy and England in Group D.

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