AWD-Arena, Hannover, Germany

Referee: Shamsul Maidin | Attendance: 43000

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Costa Rica

  • Ronald Gomez 24'

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Game 34


  • Bartosz Bosacki 33'
  • Bartosz Bosacki 66'
  • 91'

    FULL-TIME: Poland edge a dead-rubber to finish a poor tournament on a positive note.

  • 89'

    SHOULD HAVE SCORED! Rasiak's flick sets up Brozek, six yards out; he has the time to bring the ball down, but instead opts to head - straight at Porras.

  • 87'

    KEEPER? Rasiak does well down the left before clipping in a dangerous cross; Porras comes a long way and misses the ball completely, but Jelen just can't get on the end of it.

  • 86'

    Rasiak's first contribution is to foul Marin; this is the Southampton striker's first appearance in the tournament - he has four minutes to impress.

  • 85'

    POLAND SUB: Rasiak comes on to replace Smolarek.

  • 84'

    EASY SAVE! Centeno's header is tame, and Boruc claims comfortably on his line. Costa Rica are finishing strongly.

  • 83'

    GOAL! NO! Wanchope is caught off-side as he brilliantly lofts the ball over the advancing keeper before nodding in to the empty net.

  • 82'

    COSTA RICA SUB: Gomez is replaced by Hernandez.

  • 82'

    ...but Gomez's shot hits the wall and is cleared.

  • 81'

    ...Boruc organises his defensive wall...

  • 80'

    Wanchope is brought down by Bosacki's clumsy challenge. Free-kick, and Gomez eyes up another block-busting shot...

  • 79'

    Costa Rica are finishing with heart; they are pushing players forward as they search for an unlikely equaliser.

  • 78'

    COSTA RICA SUB: Bolanos replaces Saborio.

  • 76'

    Gonzalez angers Poland with a late challenge from behind on Bosacki.

  • 75'

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    Poland to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    Solis makes a good run and is picked out brilliantly by Gomez; he tries to feed a pass in to his captain Wanchope, but Bak intercepts.

  • 74'

    The belief seems to have been drained from the Costa Ricans by that second Poland goal; thet are almost playing at walking pace.

  • 73'

    Poland are keeping the ball well now, making Costa Rica work very hard to win back possession.

  • 72'

    Costa Rica have now conceded nine goals in three games; it isn't hard to see where their problems have been in this tournament.

  • 71'

    Costa Rica look like they are tiring; they aren't counter-attacking with the same verve as they were earlier in the half.

  • 70'

    COSTA RICA SUB: Wallace comes on to replace Drummond.

  • 69'

    Poland's attacking in open play has largely been poor, but they have turned this game around with some quality delivery from set-pieces.

  • 68'

    Bosacki had never previously scored for his country; he has got two today after towering above Wanchope to put Poland 2-1 up.

  • 67'

    GOAL! Krzynowek delivers another telling corner, where Bosacki plants a header past Porras at the back post.

  • 67'

    GREAT EFFORT! Krzynowek fires in a fierce left-foot strike from outside the area, but Porras makes a smart save and turns the ball out for a corner.

  • 66'

    There doesn't seem to be a lot of spirit in the Poland camp; that doesn't reflect well on the coaching staff.

  • 65'

    POLAND SUB: Radomski is replaced by Lewandowski, the Shaktar Donesk midfielder.

  • 64'

    Wanchope is set free, but he doesn't have the pace to get clear of Baszczynski.

  • 63'

    Poland appear to have settled for a point here; they aren't showing a lot of urgency at all.

  • 62'

    Wanchope is Costa Rica's all-time leading scorer, with 45 goals, but he has had a poor game this afternoon.

  • 61'

    HEADED WIDE! Drummond sends a cross in from deep; Wanchope is unmarked, but can only plant his header well wide of the far post.

  • 60'

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    Poland to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    Marcin Baszczynski is booked for a high challenge; the referee loves his yellow card.

  • 59'

    There has been a third goal in Berlin; Germany now lead Ecuador 3-0.

  • 59'

    Acrobatic defending from Bak prevents Wanchope from getting free inside the penalty area.

  • 58'

    Szymkowiak is down, receiving treatment after accidentally kicking Centeno's boot. He's soon back on his feet.

  • 57'

    Gomez swings a cross in from the right, but it is cut out before it reaches Wanchope.

  • 56'

    Badilla is booked for a little kick on Jelen; free-kick to Poland, 40 yards out.

  • 55'

    Marin and his fellow defenders have done well for much of this game; they have managed to keep Poland under check.

  • 54'

    Jelen does really well to get dwn the left, but he doesn't have any support.

  • 52'

    Defensively, both teams are very deep which is allowing both sets of midfielders a lot of space to create chances; it could be a good second half if this continues.

  • 51'

    The game seems to have opened up a bit since the break; both sides look really keen to finish with a positive performance.

  • 50'

    Jelen somehow contrives to fail to get his shot in after being put through by a good pass from Smolarek.

  • 49'

    The knives will be out for Poland coach Pawel Janas after the poor showing in the tournament. Janas has World Cup experience himself, having playing in all seven matches of Poland's 1982 tournament.

  • 48'

    WIDE! Jelen turns and shoots from the edge of the area, but he slices his effort well wide.

  • 47'

    It has been such a poor tournament for Poland. The only other time they have failed to progress from the group stage was at the 2002 World Cup.

  • 46'

    Costa Rica kick off the second half.

  • 45'

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    Poland to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    POLAND SUB: Brozek replaces Zurawski; a straight swap, striker for striker.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: A low-key half that got better as half-time approached. An 'exciting' second period beckons.

  • 44'

    GOOD BLOCK! Jelen combines well with Zurawski; Jelen cuts on to his right foot, but Marin blocks wonderfully.

  • 43'

    Krzynowek has moved over to the left flank, and is causing Drummond a concern or two.

  • 42'

    Centeno almost delivers a telling pass through to Wanchope, who has made a good run down the right channel. Boruc is alert and collects on the edge of his penalty area.

  • 41'

    Krzynowek lifts a good cross in to the middle from the left flank, but Marin climbs highest to head clear.

  • 40'

    The Costa Rica fans are making a wonderful din, trying to lift their side.

  • 39'

    Krzynowek wastes a couple of chances to put a good cross in, and Umana manages to get back and put the ball out for a corner.

  • 38'

    Gomez, who has had a good half, is penalised for an aggricultural tackle on Bosacki in the Poland half.

  • 37'

    SAVE! Drummond almost pokes past his own goalkeeper, but Porras is down quickly to save at his near post.

  • 36'

    Krzynowek launches a Poland break, but he has absoulutely no pace and three Costa Rica defenders get back to put a strong tackle in.

  • 35'

    Poland's first goal of the tournament; now they're flying.

  • 33'

    GOAL! Bosacki steals in around the back post to slam home a corner from the left. Finally, a good corner from Poland. It has only taken two-and-a-half games...

  • 32'

    RUBBISH! Gomez again links up with Wanchope, but the Costa Rica captain's effort on goal is dreadfully tame.

  • 31'

    Gomez stuns the crowd with an amazing reverse-pass out to Wanchope on the right, though the midfielder then completely mis-kicks Wanchope's cross in to the middle.

  • 30'

    Costa Rica to win, with bet365  
    Poland to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Zewlakov is booked for a tackle from behind. No-one has told this referee that this game is a dead-rubber.

  • 29'

    ... but Jacek Krzynowek's corner is headed clear.

  • 28'

    Costa Rica give away a corner when Marin accidentally puts the ball behind. Bak wanders forward from the back, looking for a good centre...

  • 28'

    Poland are in danger of going out of the tournament without a goal or a point, unless they buck their ideas up.

  • 27'

    Costa Rica have the lead then; will that finally spark Poland in to life? Probably not.

  • 26'

    Boruc will be disappointed that the ball went through his legs there, but his defensive wall didn't do him any favours.

  • 25'

    ...GOAL! Gomez goes for pure power, and blasts a left-foot shot through the wall and under the goalkeeper's legs.

  • 25'

    Gomez stands over the free-kick, lining up a shot...

  • 24'

    Wanchope is brought down as he tried to get on the end of Solis's chip through the middle. Bak is booked for the block, and Costa Rica win a free-kick on the edge of the area...

  • 24'

    Over a quarter of the game gone, and neither goalkeeper has had a proper save to make yet.

  • 23'

    The grass seems to be a little longer than the players would like; a couple of times, the ball has stopped in the grass and the players have missed their kick.

  • 22'

    GOOD BLOCK! Zurawski strikes at goal, but Drummond blocks and the ball spins out for a corner.

  • 21'

    The players will still be keen to 'put themselves in the shop-window'; there are a few players out there who will feel that a good display might earn them a move to a bigger club side.

  • 20'

    Watching this game, tt is fairly obvious why both these sides are on their way out of the tournament; there is a noticeable lack of quality.

  • 19'

    Radomski is booked for a tackle from behind on Solis; a no-brainer yellow card.

  • 18'

    RUBBISH! Zurawski goes for goal from the free-kick, but he curls his shot a couple of yards over the crossbar at the near post. Poor effort.

  • 17'

    Umana is booked for a trip on Jelen as the forward broke down the left.

  • 16'

    Poland are playing very patiently; they aren't looking to get the ball forward to their front men too quickly.

  • 15'

    Costa Rica to win, with bet365  
    Poland to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    Despite the lack of tension in this fixture, the fans are doing their best to get behind their sides; there is a good atmosphere inside the AWD-Arena.

  • 14'

    It is again a warm afternoon in Germany, but nothing like as hot as some of the days we have seen so far in this tournament.

  • 13'

    Costa Rica are working very hard in these early stages.

  • 12'

    Smolarek does well to get down the right, but Badilla's committed challenge sees the ball out for a throw.

  • 11'

    Umana can't keep the ball from going out for a corner; Zurawski sends the corner in, but again it is too deep. Dreadful.

  • 10'

    Centeno sends the corner to the near post, but Gomez flicks over the crossbar.

  • 9'

    Centano goes down under the challenge of Bak; free-kick to Costa Rica. Gomez strikes an ambitious shot; it is deflected for a corner.

  • 8'

    Jacek Krzynowek's delivery from set-pieces has been poor all tournament; he will want to improve on that today.

  • 7'

    Poland win the first corner of the afternoon; Jacek Krzynowek sends it in, but his centre is too deep.

  • 6'

    NOT FROM THERE! Wanchope has the first shot of the afternoon, an ambitious strike from distance, easily saved by Boruc.

  • 5'

    Costa Rica have conceded seven goals so far in their opening two games, but they seem intent on keeping a good shape at the back early on here.

  • 4'

    The Poles entered this tournament with high hopes of doing very well; those hopes rather went up in smoke when they were thoroughly drubbed in their opening game against Ecuador.

  • 3'

    Poland have made the better start here; Costa Rica haven't really had the chance to get on the ball as yet.

  • 2'

    Both sides will want to finish their tournament strongly; especially Poland, who were dreadful in their opening two matches.

  • 1'

    Only pride to play for in this match, of course - both lost their opening two group games, and have no chance of qualifying for the second round.


    Poland get us underway.


    Hi there, welcome to Costa Rica's final Group A match of the 2006 World Cup - against Poland, in Hannover.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Costa Rica

  • 15(6)

  • -

  • 13

  • 50%


  • Poland

  • 15(7)

  • -

  • 18

Match Stats

  • Costa Rica
  • Poland
15(6) Shots (on goal) 15(7)
13 Fouls 18
2 Corner kicks 9
4 Offsides 0
50% Time of Possession 50%
5 Yellow Cards 5
0 Red Cards 0
7 Saves 4

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