Posted on October 27, 2012
READING, England — Costa Rican international Bryan Ruiz came off the bench to spark Fulham, which rallied from a one-goal deficit, but wound up with a wild 3-3 draw with Reading in the English Premier League on Saturday.
“We felt a little bit disappointed because we let go two points,” Ruiz said. “We worked really hard, especially in the second half the last five minutes was very dramatic. We got one point.”
Ruiz was returning from an injury.
“Bryan was probably one of our best players this season but then he got injured,” Fulham manager Martin Jol told the club’s website. “But he’s the one who can create chances with a killer pass as he has great vision. Maybe he should play from the start next week.”
Ruiz, who replaced Colombian Hugo Rodallega in the 58th minute, found the back of the net three minutes later. He took a Damien Duff pass and blasted a shot from the edge of the penalty area for a 1-1 tie.
“I was very pleased with that shot,” Ruiz said. “We had good possession. when we do that, we open spaces. Damien gave the ball to me and I countered and I shot and I think it was a great shot.”
The Costa Rican set up Chris Baird in the 77th minute as his near-post feed allowed Baird head the ball into the net for a 2-1 advantage.
As it turned out, both teams were far from finished. Garath McCleary equalized for the hosts in the 85th minute. Dimitar Berbatov allowed Fulham to grab a 3-2 edge in the 88th minute before Hal Robson-Kanu knotted things up two minutes later.
Photo: Bryan Ruiz helped Fulham to a wild 3-3 tie at Reading. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Central America, Costa Rica
Tags: Bryan Ruiz, Damien Duff, English Premier League, Fulham, Martin Jol, Reading