World Cup: Italy fairy tale inspires Ticos heroes

World Cup: Italy fairy tale inspires Ticos heroes
Italy fairy tale inspires Ticos heroes
Italy fairy tale inspires Ticos heroes (PHOTO: Getty)

World Cup: Every dedicated Costa Rica fan remembers the goal that sent Los Ticos through to the last 16 at the 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy.

It came against Sweden in their final group match and involved Alexandre Guimaraes heading into the path of Hernan Medford, who bore down on goal and planted a right-footed cross-shot into the back of the net.

El Pelicano’s strike gave the Central Americans a 2-1 win, the most important in the country’s history and one that clinched them a place in the knockout phase for the first and only time to date.

It was a triumph Los Ticos have been dreaming of repeating ever since, and one that edged closer to becoming a reality on Saturday as the Central Americans came from behind to down Uruguay 3-1 in Fortaleza.

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