Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Costa Rica eliminated Jamaica from the 2013 FIFA CONCACAF Beach Soccer World Cup qualifier in a penalty shoot-out at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer and Futsal Facility in Nassau, The Bahamas, yesterday.
After a 3-3 scoreline, the Costa Rican scored a close 2-1 win in the penalty shoot-out. Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson scored twice, while Phillip Peddie got the other goal for the Jamaicans. However, Anderson's penalty kick was saved by the Costa Rica goalkeeper.
Anderson swept Jamaica ahead for the first time in the game at 3-2.
Jamaica goalkeeper Kirk Porter was also impressive, making a string of amazing saves throughout to keep his net safe and to keep the Jamaicans in with a chance.
He seemed determined to clinch the points for his side but his efforts were not enough as Mendoza levelled the game once again for the Costa Ricans to send the fixture into extra-time.
With no goals at either end during the supplementary three-minute period, the match then went into a penalty shoot-out lottery in which the Costa Ricans proved better and bagged the two points at stake.
Jamaica ended the qualifiers without a win as they lost the opening game in Group C action 7-2 against El Salvador on Wednesday at the same venue.
El Salvador and Costa Rica will battle for group honours today. Jamaica ended last in the three-team group.