Costa Rica v Northern Ireland – story of the match

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Northern Ireland finished their end-of-season Central American tour with a 3-0 loss to World Cup-bound Costa Rica in a game where Arsenal’s Joel Campbell shone.

Only Germany and Croatia had previously beaten Michael O’Neill’s men by more than one goal since November 2014, but Los Ticos scored twice from Campbell’s corners – through Johan Venegas and Francisco Calvo – with the striker registering himself in-between.

O’Neill again took the opportunity to look at some of his younger players and will hope the 10-day trip, which included a 0-0 draw with Panama, will be beneficial for the forthcoming Nations League campaign.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Joel Campbell

Joel Campbell celebrates his goal
Joel Campbell celebrates his goal (Moises Castillo/AP)

End of an era

Aaron Hughes
Aaron Hughes is set to call time on his career (Brian Lawless/PA)

Work to do

Michael O'Neill
Michael O’Neill is tasked with getting Northern Ireland back on track (Niall Carson/PA)


Northern Ireland: Trevor Carson 7/10, Lee Hodson 6, Aaron Hughes 6, Gareth McAuley 6, Craig Cathcart 5, Stuart Dallas 6, Corry Evans 6, Jonny Evans 6, Paddy McNair 6, Liam Boyce 6, Josh Magennis 5. Subs: Shay McCartan (on for Boyce, 38) 6, Ryan McLaughlin (for Magennis, 60) 6, Conor McLaughlin (for Hodson, 60) 6, Conor Hazard (for Carson, 74) 6, Luke McCullough (for Cathcart, 75) 6, Jordan Thompson (for Corry Evans, 85) 6.

Who’s up next?

England v Costa Rica, friendly, June 7 2018

Northern Ireland v Bosnia, UEFA Nations League, Sep 8 2018

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