The final game for both Costa Rica and Haiti in the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying tournament took place at a sun soaked and beautiful Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday evening. It certainly was not the best patch of soccer that you will ever see, but there were some quality moments throughout the night. Both teams had already been eliminated from contention for a semi-finals berth, so this game was more about pride.
The first half was a fairly dull 45 minutes of soccer with neither side really having a great chance at goal. But the second half....things were a bit more fun in the final 45.
In the 50th minute, Costa Rican goalkeeper Carlos Martinez Dittel was shown the yellow card for what appeared to be handling a back-pass in the box which led to an indirect free kick.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ah, the Indirect Free-Kick. Not often given, but oh so fun</p>— John Patrick Rosch (@patrickmac05) <a href="https://twitter.com/patrickmac05/status/651913426688610304">October 8, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Haiti then stepped up and Pierre Paulson absolutely blasted the ball into the back of the net from about eight yards out to make the score 1-0.
It looked like it would end up a 1-0 victory for Haiti, but Dylan Flores had other ideas. In the 82nd minute he crushed the ball from about 25-30 yards out to make it 1-1.
Both teams made an effort in the final 8 minutes (plus stoppage time) but neither could find a winner and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.