SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Giancarlo Gonzalez

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Giancarlo Gonzalez

World Cup 2014

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Giancarlo Gonzalez

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By TATE STEINLAGE 

Costa Rica has enjoyed a great deal of success so far at the World Cup, and its stingy defense has been one of the reasons why.

That trend continued Tuesday as Costa Rica earned a point against England in a 0-0 draw — the Ticos’ second shutout in as many games. In three matches at the World Cup, Costa Rica has given up just a single goal. One.

A big factor in Tuesday’s draw was the play of defender Giancarlo Gonzalez. The 26-year-old forced three interceptions and added eight clearances in 90 minutes of work. Gonzalez also recovered four times in the match, which doesn’t even include a crucial tackle inside the Costa Rican penalty area to keep England off the scoreboard.

Gonzalez beat out teammate Roy Miller and England’s Daniel Sturridge for the honors.

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