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Costa Rica beats Belize 1-0 in Gold Cup

Saturday - 7/13/2013, 8:12pm  ET

Costa Rica's Michael Barrantes (11) watches as Belize's Deon McCaulay (9) looks to pass during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer game on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Costa Rica advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, beating Belize 1-0 Saturday on an own goal by Dalton Eiley in the 49th minute.

Costa Rica extended its shutout streak to 704 minutes with the win, which assured the Ticos of playing their quarterfinal in Baltimore on July 21.

Costa Rica (2-0) plays the United States (2-0) on Tuesday at East Hartford, Conn., in a match that will determine the Group C winner. The Ticos have one loss in their last 17 matches, a 1-0 defeat to the U.S. in a World Cup qualifier played during a Colorado snowstorm in March.

Belize (0-2) lost its opener 6-1 to the U.S. on Tuesday, and its players reported to soccer officials that they had been approached by a match-fixer before that game.


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