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Rondon & Gamboa score as Costa Rica beat Venezuela

28 May 2016

Four Albion players feature for nations on Friday night

SALOMON Rondon and Cristian Gamboa were both on the scoresheet as Costa Rica recorded a 2-1 friendly victory over Venezuela in San Jose.

Rondon opened the scoring for the visitors on the half-hour mark with an assured side-foot finish from the edge of the penalty area.

However, a superb long-range strike from Gamboa just four minutes before the break brought Costa Rica level.

The hosts’ winner came shortly after half-time, Ariel Rodriguez curling the ball into the top corner from just inside the penalty area.

Both Albion men completed the full 90 minutes.

Next up for Rondon and Venezuela is another Copa America warm-up match against Guatemala on Thursday, June 2 (ko 1.30am), while Gamboa’s attentions will turn to his side’s first fixture at the tournament which is against Paraguay on Saturday, June 4 (ko 10pm).

Elsewhere, Baggies defender Jonny Evans completed the full game as Northern Ireland brushed Belarus aside in their final match at Windsor Park before heading to Euro 2016.

Goals from Kyle Lafferty, Conor Washington and Will Grigg secured a 3-0 win for Michael O’Neill’s men in Belfast. 

Gareth McAuley was handed a rest and remained as an unused substitute.

The Northern Ireland boss will name his final 23-man squad for the tournament on Saturday, May 28 (stay tuned to wba.co.uk), ahead of their final warm-up match against Slovakia in Trnava on Saturday, June 4 (ko 5pm).

Finally, winger James McClean played the final 23 minutes of the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in Dublin.

The current Baggies man replaced the former Baggies man Shane Long, who had given the Irish the lead in the first-half, after 67 minutes at the Aviva Stadium.

Victory was snatched away from McClean’s side with just five minutes to go as Luuk de Jong headed home from 10-yards-out to earn the Dutch a draw.

The Republic of Ireland now face Belarus in their final Euro 2016 warm-up game on Tuesday, May 31 (ko 7.45pm).


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