Goalkeeper Ricardo Montenegro's heroic effort under the bar helped Costa Rica hold Guinea to a 2-2 draw in a Group C match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here today.
Costa Rica, who played a waiting game keeping their defence compact, took the lead in the 26th minute through Yecxy Jarquin.
Guinea dominated the match creating several scoring changes but were denied by rival keeper Montenegro until Fondje Toure restored parity in the 30th minute.
Costa Rica once again took the lead after the change of ends through Andre Gomez taking advantage of the shaky rival defence in the 67th minute. But the African side kept on pressing hard until defender Ibrahima Soumah scored the equaliser in the 81st minute.
Thereafter, it was Guinea all the way who kept on pressing in search of the winner but Mongtenegro was a tough nut to crack under the bar as he made several saves to deny the African side the victory.
The draw kept both the teams' hopes alive as they have one point each. Costa Rica play their next match on October 13 against Iran while Guinea travel to Kochi to play their last match against Germany.