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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Costa Rica beats Bolivia at Copa


Jujuy Argentina — A second-string Costa Rica boosted its chances of reaching the knock-out stage of the Copa America soccer tournament by defeating 10-man Bolivia 2-0 on Thursday.

Costa Rica went ahead through Josue Martinez's goal in the 60th minute and put the game away with Joel Campbell's strike in the 79th, capping a dominant second half.

Bolivia's Ronald Rivero was sent off in the 71st for using his arm to stop a goal-bound shot.

Colombia leads Group A with 4 points, followed by Costa Rica with 3, host Argentina 2 and Bolivia 1. Each team has one match to play in the group stage, with the top two to progress to the quarterfinals, along with the best two third-placed teams in the three groups.

Costa Rica and Mexico are using mostly under-23 Olympic-style squads in this tournament because they are not part of the South American confederation and are playing as guests. Costa Rica was a last-minute invitee after Japan withdrew from the competition.

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