Canada look set to stick around at the Gold Cup for a little longer. A 1-1 draw against Costa Rica all but confirmed Octavio Zambrano’s team’s place in the quarter-finals by one means or another.
Alphonso Davies gave Canada a lead when he dashed into the box to convert a Scott Arfield pass that snuck behind the Costa Rican defence.
It was the 16-year-old’s third goal of the tournament in just two games - the joint-highest total by a Canadian at a single Gold Cup since Carlo Corazzin netted four en route to winning the trophy in 2000.
Canada grew in confidence after that and enjoyed a strong spell, but gradually Costa Rica would work their way back into the game and Francisco Calvo brought them level from a corner.
For the second match in a row, Zambrano’s men were rattled having conceded from a set-piece but luckily the half-time whistle was not far away.
Costa Rica would end the second half on top, too, but could not claim the three points despite applying heavy pressure. Milan Borjan made a number of excellent saves and, crucially, rarely offered lurking forwards a rebound.
Canada’s best opportunity in the second half came when Junior Hoilett carried the ball upfield with little support before sliding a pass through to Arfield - who was outstanding once again - in the box. Arfield had Davies arriving in support behind him but did not spot his teammate and his attempted ball across goal went untouched.
Les Rouges now have four points, which will almost certainly be good enough for one a slot in the knockout stage as one of the best two third-placed teams. Canada can claim second in the group by avoiding defeat against Honduras on Friday night and a victory would give them a chance of pipping Costa Rica to top spot.