2017 Gold Cup, Group Stage 2017
  • Francisco Calvo (42')
  • Alphonso Davies (26')

Costa Rica, Canada draw to stay level on points atop Group A

Costa Rica's Francisco Calvo heads home a corner kick for a goal in his team's Gold Cup match against Canada. AP Images

Canada and Costa Rica played to an exciting 1-1 draw in Gold Cup Group A play at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Tuesday night.

Costa Rica had by far the better of the opening 20 minutes, finding plenty of space down the right flank, but failed to convert on two quality chances through Francisco Calvo in the fourth minute and Marco Urena in the 12th.

But it was Canada that would score first, with Alphonso Davies streaking down the left wing, beating his defender and smashing home a Scott Arfield assist from eight yards away to put his team up 1-0.

The goal was 16-year-old Davies' third of the tournament after putting two second-half goals strikes past French Guiana in a 4-2 win on Friday.

Costa Rica pushed hard for an equalizer before half-time and it came from a corner kick, when Calvo rose high above his defender to head home past a helpless Milan Borjan in the Canada goal.

And Los Ticos nearly took the lead before the break, when David Guzman lashed a first-time shot from a Urena pass that forced Borjan into a diving save to keep the score level at 1-1.

Bryan Ruiz was inches from giving Costa Rica the perfect start to the second half, but his curling left-footed shot went just wide of Borjan's goal in the 47th minute.

Davies saw a 53rd minute chance blocked from harm's way after Junior Hoilett set up the Vancouver Whitecaps winger at the top of the area.

Canada finished the match without the services of Davies, who was subbed off just before the 70-minute mark after picking up a knock while trying to break in on the Costa Rica goal.

Calvo came close with a headed attempt in the 81st minute, but Borjan did well to go low and to his left to save a potential go-ahead goal for Costa Rica.

The result leaves Costa Rica and Canada level atop Group A, with the latter leading on goal differential with one game remaining in group play.