Costa Rica made easy work of their 2019 Gold Cup opener on Sunday, sweeping aside Nicaragua 4-0 to delight the home crowd at Estadio Nacional in San Jose on the occasion of the tournament's first-ever matches to be played outside the United States, Mexico or Canada.
Heavily favored, Los Ticos made sure it was a festive evening via a strong start, with a 7th-minute opener from Bryan Oviedo and two more goals via Celso Borges and Elias Aguilar providing a 3-0 halftime advantage.
Handed a start at the heart of the hosts' midfield, FC Cincinnati's Allan Cruz capped the comfortable victory with the fourth goal of the night, rifling a firm finish off the underside of the crossbar in the 75th minute.
- 7' – CRC – Bryan Oviedo
- 19' – CRC – Celso Borges
- 45+1' – CRC – Elias Aguilar
- 75' – CRC – Allan Cruz
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
veteran Celso Borges pushed the score to 2-0 and set the tone for the evening with this long-range missile, made possible by some solid hold-up play from Jonathan McDonald:
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