• FT

    China

    0

    Costa Rica

    2

  • FT

    Japan

    2

    Belgium

    2

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    South Korea

    2

    Poland

    0

FIFA WORLD CUP

Gwangju Stadium, Kwangju, South Korea

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0 - 2

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Costa Rica

  • Rónald Gómez 61'
  • Mauricio Wright 65'
  • 93'

    Costa Rica top Group C - their match with Turkey could now decide second place in the group.

  • 93'

    The final whistle blows. Defeat for China in their first ever World Cup game, and they'll surely end with three defeats.

  • 93'

    Long-range effort from Ma Mingyu but it's easy for Lonnis.

  • 92'

    ... but Li Weifeng's back on the goalline to clear.

  • 92'

    Gomez is through, he rounds the keeper, turns back on to his right foot and shoots...

  • 92'

    But they are onside here, Medford chips it over the top...

  • 91'

    Another offside against the Costa Ricans.

  • 90'

    Li Xaiopeng is booked. Not quite sure why, but he joins seven others on a yellow card. Three minutes of injury time are signalled.

  • 89'

    Bryce has a go from 25 yards now, but it's comfortably wide.

  • 87'

    Excellent passing by the Costa Ricans, ending in a clever flick from Gomez which Lopez volleys wide. He's given offside anyway

  • 86'

    Costa Rica break again with Solis and Castro. The latter can shoot... but it's too high

  • 85'

    China finally win a header in the Costa Rican box but Li Weifeng's header is easy for Lonnis

  • 84'

    Another tug on the shirt and another booking - Centeno the latest name in the book. Somewhat unnecessary, but this ref's a disciplinarian

  • 83'

    The sub Lopez has a crack and that's good block from Jiang Jin.

  • 82'

    But they could be caught on the counter attack - Costa Rica are quick on the the break.

  • 81'

    It's hard to see a goal threat in the China taem. They pass the ball neatly, especially in deep positions, but seem to lack top quality strikers and creative midfielders.

  • 80'

    Final change by Guimares - Wanchope off, Wilmer Lopez on.

  • 79'

    Medford rounds a somewhat static linesman on a solo run but the official gets his own back by signalling that the ball has goen out.

  • 79'

    But again Costa Rica clear - China just aren't winning any attacking headers

  • 78'

    Wu Chengying on the burst. Gomez brings him down and stays down himself. It doesn't earn him much sympathy - he's booked.

  • 77'

    Costa Rica are definitely looking to release Wnachope with the ball over the China defence - i Weifeng cuts it out this time.

  • 76'

    Costa Rica are looking quite comfortable now - but will they be able to push on and score more goals?

  • 75'

    Wnachope is threatening to get behind the China defence again - he's timing his runs quite well and they're not following his runs. This could be dangerous for the Chinese.

  • 74'

    China change - Fan Zhiyi's off and Yu Genwei is the replacement - it looks an attacking change.

  • 73'

    Gomez is writhing on the ground - possibly the longest roll of the World Cup so far.

  • 72'

    Nice skill by Martinez, Xu Yunlong tugs him back and he becomes the foruth player booked.

  • 72'

    Despite a couple of chances, it's hard to see Costa Rica equallising.

  • 69'

    Costa Rica substitution - Bryce for Wallace

  • 69'

    Li Weifeng takes too long, but it comes to Xu Yunlong but that's well over

  • 69'

    Wu Chengying takes, Lonnis punches and it;s blasted back in there...

  • 68'

    Corner conceded by Costa Rica - another chance for China

  • 67'

    Li Tie wins a free kick. China's playmaker will need to make a real impact if they are to get back into this game.

  • 67'

    And Wanchope has got behind the China defence again and Jiang Jin claims. China are struggling now.

  • 66'

    Sub for China - on comes Su Maozhen, off goes Yang Chen

  • 66'

    2-0 to Costa Rica - if this stays the same they'll be top of Group C. Their game with Turkey could be crucial.

  • 65'

    GOAL!!!! It's Mauricio Wright with a controlled header. China didn't defend the short corner well.

  • 65'

    Gomez crosses and Wright's at the near post...

  • 64'

    Gomez again, breaking down the left and with a cross Li Weifeng has unconviningly turned behind

  • 63'

    Excellent back control from the referee, cushioning it well for Medford

  • 62'

    Wu Chengying takes, Lonnis flaps at it and China can cross again - but Costa Rica clear

  • 62'

    China have a corner - can they equalise straight away?

  • 62'

    Gomez was involved in that move from the start, with a bit of skill to find Wanchope

  • 61'

    GOAL!! It's Gomez, with a neat left-footed finish

  • 61'

    Wnachope's almost through, he's tackled but Gomez is following up and he could have a shot here...

  • 60'

    The first ever Chinese yellow card in the World Cup - Li Tie for a foul on Medford

  • 59'

    Wnachope tries to break behind the China defence, Wu Chengying tackles him and the Man City striker optimistically claims a penalty. It's not

  • 58'

    Medford lobs a cross and Centeno heads over, but he's offside

  • 57'

    Costa Rican change - Medford on for Fonseca, who faded after a reasonable start

  • 56'

    ... but that's an appalling effort.

  • 56'

    Everyone's missed it apart from Yang Chen at the far post, he could shoot here...

  • 56'

    Wu Chengyang makes a run down the left, that's a good cross...

  • 56'

    Costa Rican are warming up the veteran Hernan Medford

  • 54'

    A decent cross from Qu Bo, and that's a push by Yang Chen.

  • 53'

    A better second half so far - though that isn't saying much. Both teams are looking a bit more ambitious.

  • 52'

    Another good challenge from Wright to stop Ma Mingyu - the Costa Rican number 4 has proved a very solid defender so far

  • 50'

    Long-range effort from Castro, hit with some venom. Just past the post. The keeper had it covered, but this is better.

  • 49'

    But Lonnis gathers again. The Costa Rica keeper's done nothing wrong today.

  • 49'

    Terrific cross from Wu Chengyang, well tipped away by Lonnis. China cross

  • 48'

    Was it a cross? Was it a shot? It results in a goal kick, anyway

  • 47'

    Costa Rica are keeping the ball well until Gomez has a crack

  • 46'

    Wright makes a fine challenge to stop Hao Haidong's burst down the left.

  • 46'

    The half begins inauspiciously with a mis-directed long ball

  • 46'

    China kick off the second half - can someone end the stalemate here?

  • 45'

    And that's half time. Not much entertainment so far here - one goal looks like being the winner

  • 45'

    Ma lays it back and Wu Chengying shoots... well wide.

  • 45'

    Chine break with Qu Bo. He crosses...

  • 46'

    Wanchope skips past two put runs into Fan Zhiyi

  • 45'

    Two minutes of added time are signalled as Li Weifeng makes a forceful break from the back

  • 44'

    It seems certain to be goalless at half time and Brazil and Turkey won't be worried by anything they've seen here. China and Costa Rica both need to win this game to stand any chance of qualifying.

  • 42'

    Qu Bo earns China a throw near the corner flag, but the free kick goes to Costa Rica

  • 41'

    ... but that's a very gentle effort, rolling slowly at Lonnis. The first Chinese effort on target, but it couldn't have been much easier for the Costa Rican keeper

  • 41'

    Yang Chen leads the attack, he's in plenty of space and he might shoot here...

  • 41'

    No. Castro crosses, Wanchope heads back but China get the ball

  • 40'

    Wanchope is bundled over for a free kick 30 yards out. A shooting opportunity?

  • 39'

    The right wing, though, looks Costa Rica's best chance of creating something.

  • 39'

    Gomez does well to beat his man but the cross was poor again. The final ball has been disappointing so far

  • 36'

    ... but that's another poor effort, some way wide.

  • 36'

    Gomez plays a one-two with Wallace on the right and he's going to shoot from 25 yards...

  • 35'

    ... but it's straight to a defender who can clear

  • 35'

    A Costa Rica free kick, it comes to Martinez and he shapes to shoot from 40 yards

  • 34'

    Castro goes down the wing to cross but that's an important header from Li Weifeng to stop Wanchope ahveing a header on goal

  • 34'

    It's scrappy in the midfield and this time China are the offenders as another free kick is given.

  • 32'

    Li Tie spreads the ball well with a fine cross-field pass, but again Costa Rica defend well and clear.

  • 32'

    But Qu Bo has earned a corner here, but it's cleared easily.

  • 31'

    After a bright start, China are struggling to break down the Costa Ricans and their front two are seeing little of the ball

  • 30'

    ... but the midfielder is ok to return

  • 29'

    Li Tie's down after a strong challenge from Marin. There's some concern - China won't want to make two changes already

  • 28'

    Wallace crosses and Wanchope heads wide. Wallace, on the Costa Rican right, has been one of the more impressive players so far

  • 27'

    A couple of late challenges from Li Tie but Costa Rica have the ball...

  • 26'

    Wanchope and Fonseca look to combine to send the Man City man through on goal but they are crowded out by the Chinese defence

  • 25'

    Qu Bo is Sun Jihai's replacement. It looks like a straight swap

  • 25'

    But meanwhile Wallace whips in a cross, it's cleared and China can make the change

  • 24'

    Sun Jihai's struggling - he's been fouled a couple of times and he's limping. China will hope he can continue - he's played as well as anyone so far and has caused Costa Rica problems down the Chinese right.

  • 23'

    Half way through the first half, and China look the better side but Costa Rica the better chance

  • 23'

    Haidong finds roon down the right. It's not the best cross, but it shows again the lively Chinese forwards could exploit the space behid the Costa Rican wing backs

  • 21'

    The chance came when Solis robbed Li Tie,but maybe he should have passed for Fonseca in a better position

  • 20'

    ... and that's an excellent block from Jiang Jin. The big keeper spread himself well

  • 20'

    Solis breaks through, he's past the defence...

  • 19'

    Li Xiaopeng takes but that's easy for Lonnis

  • 19'

    Li Tie makes a burst through, finds Yang Chen and that's another corner

  • 19'

    China are threatening Costa Rica with long balls over the defence for their pacy forwards to chase.

  • 18'

    Li Xiaopeng bends in the free kick and Lonnis is out very well to punch clear

  • 18'

    Yellow card! The Costa Rican midfielder becomes the second player cautioned

  • 18'

    And China break, Sun Jihai is going down the right again, Solis slides in...

  • 17'

    but it's taken cleared easily

  • 16'

    Castro earns Costa Rica a corner, which is taken quickly

  • 15'

    The first bokking - Marin for a tug bag on Yang Chen after a clever turn

  • 14'

    Wanchope tries to go through - it's noticeable how many Chinese defenders are surrounding him

  • 13'

    ... with a long ball with keeper Lonnis just beats Hai Haidong to.

  • 12'

    ... but they almost paid for it when Li Weifeng stayed deep and had a one-on-one with Fonseca. China clear

  • 12'

    China's defence are very deep, just outside their own box - it's giving them room to pass,

  • 11'

    Very poor cross from Ma Mingyu after a quick China counter attack

  • 9'

    Some neat passing from the Costa Ricans and the ball is whipped in for Fonseca. He's offside, but he volleys over anyway

  • 8'

    Castro and Gomez combine well down the left wing but the cross is easy for Jiang Jin

  • 8'

    A clumsy foul on Wright by Hao Haidong, but the China forward is certainly enthusiastic

  • 6'

    ... and he volleys it acriss the face of goal but no one's there to finish it

  • 6'

    Castro throws, great skill by Wanchope to bring it down...

  • 6'

    A few tackles are flying in in the midfield and China certainly aren't lacking in commitment

  • 5'

    Another backheel by Wanchope and a very tame shot from Martinez. It's on target thouhg, so it counts as a save from Jiang Jin.

  • 4'

    ... But it's way too long

  • 4'

    Li Xiaopeng takes...

  • 3'

    Li Xiaopeng's cross is headed away but CHina regain possession and win a corner

  • 2'

    Sun Jihai breaks down the right wing and is brought down - China free kick

  • 2'

    Wanchope is already trying his juggling tricks but it's a China throw

  • 1'

    An early touch for Li Weifeng as China pass the ball around

  • 1'

    Costa Rica kick off in China's first ever World Cup finals match.

  •  

    Can Bora Milutinovic put one over on one of his many former teams or will the Central American side make a winning start to top the group alongside Japan?

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • China

  • 6(3)

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  • 15

  • 0%

    0%

  • Costa Rica

  • 11(5)

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  • 18

China

Line-up
POS No Name

G

22 Jiang Jin

D

4 Wu Chengying

D

5 Fan Zhiyi
M
11 Yu Genwei

D

7 Sun Jihai
F
16 Qu Bo

D

14 Li Weifeng

D

21 Xu Yunlong

M

8 Li Tie

M

9 Ma Mingyu

M

18 Li Xiaopeng

F

10 Hao Haidong

F

20 Yang Chen
F
12 Su Maozhen
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
M 11 Yu Genwei
F 12 Su Maozhen
F 16 Qu Bo

Match Stats

  • China
  • Costa Rica
6(3) Shots (on goal) 11(5)
15 Fouls 18
5 Corner kicks 2
2 Offsides 7
0% Time of Possession 0%
3 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 3