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Costa Rica edge Russia 4-3 in friendly football match at new arena in Krasnodar

October 09, 18:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The first official goal at the new stadium in the over 780,000-population city of Krasnodar was scored by guests from Costa Rica on the 22nd minute of the match by midfielder Randall Azofeifa
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MOSCOW, October 9. /TASS/. The Russian national team lost 3-4 its home friendly match against Team Costa Rica at the newly-built stadium in the Russian southern city of Krasnodar.

Losing by two points before the second half, hosts Russia managed to tie the score after the break, but missed the goal in the closing minutes of the encounter leaving 3-4 flashing on the scoreboard after the final whistle.

The first official goal at the new stadium in the over 780,000-population city of Krasnodar was scored by guests from Costa Rica on the 22nd minute of the match by midfielder Randall Azofeifa.

Seven minutes later his teammate Bryan Ruiz netted another ball in the goal of the hosts to up the score to 2-0.

It was Russia’s Alexander Samedov to break the scoreless course of their turf and scoring in the 31st minute of the game to bring it to 2-1.

However, with only seconds shy of the first period of the match, the ball ricocheted of Russia’s Vasily Berezutsky to seal the score at 3-1 before both teams left their locker rooms ahead of the second period.

Three minutes into the second half of the match, Russia’s Artyom Dzyuba scored the goal against the guests to bring the score to 3-2 and some 13 minutes later it was him again to score again and tying the match at 3-3.

With referees giving the additional four minutes, guests Costa Rica blazed past by the Russian defense again to edge the hosts by netting another ball and leave the final score at 4-3.

The national teams around the globe are currently in the qualifying stage battling for the place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while Russia as the host nation has been already guaranteed the birth in the world’s main quadrennial football event.

Therefore, the Russian national team is playing friendly football matches in the run-up to the much anticipated FIFA World Cup and today’s game against Costa Rica will be its third friendly encounter over the past two months.

The match between the teams from Russia and Costa Rica, which currently hold the 38th and 18th places respectively in the FIFA World Rankings, kicked off at 4:00 p.m. local time (13:00 GMT) at the newly-built stadium in Krasnodar.

The 34,300-seat stadium was constructed within three and a half years period for local Krasnodar FC, which is playing in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) and is currently attempting to make its way through the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

The local football club will play its first match at the new home stadium on October 20 against Germany’s Schalke FC, while tonight’s game between the national teams of Russia and Costa Rica drew a full-house attendance.

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