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Costa Rica's 1st World Cup goal-scorer has high hopes

IANS  |  San Jose 

Costa Rica's history in the football will always be marked by the goal in the 1990 edition by forward Juan Cayasso, who now dreams of seeing his country's squad accomplish a similar feat in

All of stood still on June 11, 1990 to watch the national team's debut match against at in Genoa, where Cayasso scored the winning goal, reports

"It was something incredible, very exciting, which stirred a whole set of feelings that are hard to describe and has represented many blessings over the years, like receiving the whole country's affection," Cayasso told

The goal took place 48 minutes into regulation as a beautifully placed back-heel pass from helped Cayasso score the winning 1-0.

The goal marked "a before and after in my life and I have enjoyed it to the fullest extent possible. To talk about the goal in 1990 is to talk of a great blessing", Cayosso said.

In that 1990 World Cup, accomplished the unthinkable: it qualified to the second round beating (1-0) and (2-1).

In the knockout stage, lost 1-4 against Czechoslovakia although by then it had already achieved a major feat.

Costa Rica again made history in in 2014 when it reached the quarter finals after beating (3-1), (1-0) and (on penalties) and tying against England (0-0), while finally losing to the Dutch on penalties.

"Things have changed since Italy 1990. We have played well in several Worlds Cups and it will be hard to surpass our historic 2014 quarter finals qualification, since we are no longer perceived as a humble and inexperienced team," Cayasso said.

He added that will be "very difficult" for Costa Rica as it is in Group E, along with Brazil, and

"I expect a very difficult World Cup, but I always have the hope of seeing the team qualify to the second round and, why not, reach the semi-final," he said.



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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 14:42 IST