Costa Rica edges Russia 4-3 in friendly football match in Krasnodar
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.
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 awarding the additional four minutes, guests Costa Rica blazed past by the Russian defense again to edge the hosts and netted another ball to leave the final score at 4-3.
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 Russia football squad played two friendly matches in early September - against Turkey (0-0) and then versus Ghana (1-0).
Russia is also scheduled to play two more friendly games before December, which are against Qatar on Nov. 10 in Doha and Romania on Nov. 15 in Chechnya’s Grozny.