Kosovar Sadiki leads Canada over Costa Rica at CONCACAF U17
Canadians sit in a tie atop Group B
Canada sits in a tie atop Group B at the 2015 CONCACAF men's under-17 tournament after defeating Costa Rica 3-2 on Tuesday at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.
With a victory against Haiti already in the books, Canada is currently tied with Mexico in group play with six points — however the Mexicans have a better goal differential than the Canadians.
With the score tied 2-2, Kosovar Sadiki scored the eventual winner off a Harry Paton corner kick in the 68th minute.
"Everyone did their job," said Sadiki. "We've been practising set-pieces in our training sessions and in the end, it worked out. It was a great ball by (Paton) and we executed what the coaches told us to do."
Jonathan Martinez opened the scoring for Costa Rica in the 17th minute, but Duwayne Ewart responded for Canada with his second of the tournament to equalize in the 31st minute.
Andy Reyes scored early in the second half to give Costa Rica its second lead of the match, however goals from Daniel Sagno and Sadiki rallied Canada to victory.
"It's certainly not the coach's plan (to go behind). It's football," said Canadian head coach Sean Fleming. "Things happen like that and I think that, in youth football especially, mistakes are made. I've been watching some of the other games and it these things happen. How you respond to things is very important and we try to emphasize that with our players at all times."
Canada is looking to reach its third straight FIFA U17 World Cup. The Canadians will face Mexico on Friday with first place in Group B on the line.
"In terms of Mexico, they're just the next game for us," said Sadiki. "We're going to go out and play. We're not looking at results or anything. We're just going to analyze their team and play our game."