Posted on October 13, 2012
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador coach Juan de dios Castillo had a simple explanation as to why Costa Rica defeated his team, 1-0, in a key World Cup qualifier on Friday night:
The Salvadorans allowed the visitors to dictate play in the CONCACAF Group B encounter.
“We fell into their game,” he told the Costa Rican newspaper Al Dia.
“We did not put the ball on the floor,” he added.
El Salvador (1-2-2, five points) faces a must-win situation against Mexico (5-0-0, 15) at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City on Tuesday night.
La Selecta also need some help from Guyana (0-4-1, one), which visits Costa Rica (2-2-1, seven) the same night. Guyana must defeat the hosts as well if El Salvador advances to next year’s final round.
Unless Costa Rica loses big at home to the Caribbean side, a draw won’t help El Salvador. If the two Central American rivals finish tied, the Ticos would take second place because it has better goal differential than the Salvadorans (plus-two to minus-one).
Categories: Central America, Costa Rica, El Salvador, World Cup Qualifying
Tags: Al Dia, Azteca Stadium, CONCACAF, Juan de dios Castillo, World Cup qualifying