El Salvador salvages tie with Costa Rica on stoppage goal
HOUSTON (AP) Dustin Corea scored two minutes into stoppage time to help El Salvador earn a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica in their CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage match on Saturday.
El Salvador and Costa Rica are both 0-0-2 in the group, though Costa Rica owns a two-goal differential.
El Salvador was awarded a free kick from the left flank on a questionable foul call against Bryan Ruiz. Arturo Alvarez then found Corea in the 6-yard box, who volleyed it past Esteban Alvarado for the tying score.
Costa Rica got its goal in the 61st minute. Alvaro Saborio lobbed the ball to the streaking Ruiz along the left flank. Ruiz went to the post and beat Derby Carrillo to the inside.
Costa Rica had a prime opportunity in the 41st minute. A fingertip deflection by Carrillo went straight to Ruiz, but his right-footed effort sailed wide right as defenders scrambled to cover the goal.