World Cup bound Costa Rica bid farewell to home fans with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria in an international friendly on Wednesday. Oscar Duarte’s seventh minute goal was followed by a second from Kendall Waston in the 73rd minute against a Nigerian team without any of their overseas-based regulars and made up mainly of members of their Under-23 team.
The Nigerian team gave A good account of themselves as it was an evenly matched game with both teams going at each other but the home crowd proved to be the pivoting factor as they cheered their team to a 2-0 victory.
Costa Rica had several other chances to add to their tally as supporters at the National Stadium provided a carnival atmosphere ahead of the team’s departure for the World Cup in Qatar. Costa Rica will compete against Germany, Japan and Spain in Group E at the World Cup finals.