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CONCACAF Gold Cup: Canada tops Costa Rica to reach semis

Jul 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Canada midfielder Stephen Eustaquio (7) controls the ball against Costa Rica during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal soccer match at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Canada midfielder Stephen Eustaquio (7) controls the ball against Costa Rica during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal soccer match at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Junior Hoilett and Stephen Eustaquio netted goals and Canada defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Canadians will meet Mexico in the semifinal round on Thursday.

Hoilett opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he received an assist from Eustaquio and placed a shot from the center of the box into the bottom left corner of the net.

During the 68th minute, Hoilett had his back-heel touch in the box carom off the shins of two different Costa Rican defenders and land perfectly in front of Eustaquio, who buried a shot between keeper Esteban Alvarado’s legs to double the margin.

Costa Rica failed to put a shot on goal. Alvarado made three saves.

It is Canada’s first time reaching the Gold Cup semifinals since 2007. The country last won the tournament in 2000.

Canada will be without captain Steven Vitoria and forward Lucas Cavallini against Mexico due to yellow card accumulation after both starters picked up a yellow on Sunday.

–Field Level Media