PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Haiti’s dream of competing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia ended Friday in Port-au-Prince in a [0 – 1] loss to Costa Rica.
Friday was part of the 4th phase of CONCACAF qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. The Grenadiers of Haiti faced the Ticos of Costa Rica at the Silvio Cator Stadium in the Haitian capitol.
Costa Rica nearly got on the board early when their midfielder, Randall Azofeifa, fed a ball to team captain Bryan Ruíz in the second minute. Ruíz’s attempt in front of the goal was rejected by the Haitian keeper, Steward Ceus, and Haiti stormed back with pressure of its own.
Over the next five minutes, the Haitians broke down the Costa Rican defense a few times and had two clear opportunities to score. The first came on a long volley from midfield where Patrick Pemberton inexplicably came far out of goal, as he’s inclined to do, and put himself past the ball.
Action continued at an extremely slow pace until the Ticos found a flaw in the Haitian defense and scored the winning goal with a shot from 25 meters of Randall Azofeifa in the 72nd minute.
By any definition, this is another mediocre performance for Costa Rica. Haiti, which hasn’t scored a goal in this round of qualifying, wasn’t even playing with a fully healthy team. The Grenadiers were never able to worry the defense of Costa Rica.
Despite late changes (Fabien Vorbe and Roberto Louima) performed by Haiti Coach Patrice Neveu the team still registered its 6th consecutive defeat, remaining win-less in the tournament.
Next event of the Grenadiers, Tuesday, September 6 in Kingston where they will play for honor, against Jamaica who has lost [2-0] Friday evening against Panama.