Sunday 14 July 2013, 4:00pm at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José
C.S. Cartaginés
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Berbatov 35', (pen) 40'; Ruiz 73'
Bryan Ruiz made a goalscoring return to Costa Rica as Fulham began their tour in style with a convincing victory over C.S. Cartagtinés.

35' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov
Assist by Pajtim Kasami

40' Penalty

Dimitar Berbatov
Assist by John Arne Riise

73' Goal

Bryan Ruiz
Assist by Hugo Rodallega

72' Yellow Card

Derek Boateng Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah
Off:Damien Duff

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brede Hangeland
Off:Aaron Hughes

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kieran Richardson
Off:John Arne Riise

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Derek Boateng
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Dimitar Berbatov

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Maarten Stekelenburg
Off:David Stockdale

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fernando Amorebieta
Off:Philippe Senderos

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Pajtim Kasami

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Mesca

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris David
Off:Steve Sidwell

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lasse Vigen Christensen
Off:Sascha Riether

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Bryan Ruiz made a goalscoring return to his homeland as Fulham began their Costa Rica tour in style with a convincing victory over C.S. Cartaginés.

The national team captain seized his chance to score against Costa Rican opposition for the first time since leaving hometown club L.D. Alajuelense seven years ago, and received a standing ovation for his efforts.

Dimitar Berbatov had put the Whites in the driving seat with a first-half double, one close-range poacher's effort and one trademark nonchalant penalty, before Martin Jol rang the changes.

By full-time, 22 players had been used as the Manager ensured as many members of the squad as possible got valuable minutes under their belts on their journey towards peak fitness.

The tour kicked off with a bang in the impressive Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, with brass bands and drumming troops providing the soundtrack to a carnival of dancers in national dress.

Manager Jol selected a vastly experienced starting line-up for the overcast and humid conditions, but also handed opportunities to Pajtim Kasami and Buomesca Tue Na Bangna to impress.

With strong local support, Cartaginés, decked out in a patriotic blue, red and white strip, showed intent from the off with the impressive Leandro Silva drilling wide before setting up Terencio de Oliveria to shoot at David Stockdale.

The Whites had created the opening chance, with John Arne Riise bombarding down the left and crossing for stand-in captain Berbatov, who forced a fine save from Wardy Alfaro with his header.

Kasami let fly from distance, his shot only just evading the crossbar, and then some silky skills by the Swiss attacker allowed him to slide in John Arne Riise, but the left-back could only hit the side-netting.

Stockdale was forced to react quickly to save from Andres Montero’s powerful header, but that was as close as the Costa Ricans came before Fulham took the initiative.

Springing a counter-attack from deep, Damien Duff found Kasami charging forward on the left flank. He then produced a fine piece of skill to pass his marker and put the ball on a plate for Berbatov to slot home.

And the Bulgarian took only five minutes to make it two, producing a typically cool finish from the penalty spot after Riise again caused havoc, twisting and turning into the box to draw a foul.

There were nine half-time changes, with first appearances in White for Derek Boateng and Fernando Amorebieta, while Maarten Stekelenburg took his place for his debut between the posts.

Stekelenburg soon produced a superb fingertip save from sub Felix Montoya’s curling free-kick as Cartaginés searched for a route back into the game.

The returning Ashkan Dejagah seemed invigorated, defying the humidity with lung-busting runs, and Alex Kačaniklić sliced a good opening wide from local hero Ruiz’s cross.

Fulham controlled the closing stages and it could have been four when Kačaniklić freed an unmarked Rodallega at the far post but the Colombian could not control his strike.

Match Information

Competition: Pre-Season Friendly

Date: Sunday 14 July 2013
Kick-off: 4:00pm

Venue: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José
Attendance: 6,000

Referee: Ricardo Cerdas

C.S. Cartaginés

Line-up: Alfaro; Ramírez, Villalobos, Fernández, Sirias; Fonseca, López, Silva, Jiménez; Lezcano, de Oliveira

Manager: Javier Delgado

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale (Stekelenburg 45'); Riether (Vigen Christensen 77'), Hughes (Hangeland 45'), Senderos (Amorebieta 45'), John Arne Riise (Richardson 45'); Duff (Dejagah 45'), Sidwell (David 69'), Karagounis (Derek Boateng 45'), Mesca (Kacaniklic 45'); Kasami (Ruiz 45'); Berbatov (Rodallega 45')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Briggs, Trotta, Tankovic

Manager: Martin Jol

C.S. Cartaginés (4-4-2)
  • 18Wardy Alfaro
  • 4Diego Ramírez
  • 14José Villalobos
  • 15William Fernández
  • 22Esteban Sirias
  • 8Danny Fonseca
  • 21Bryan López
  • 17Leandro Silva
  • 7Paolo Jiménez
  • 16Andrés Lezcano
  • 24Terencio de Oliveira
Substitutes
    Manager
    • Javier Delgado
    Fulham (4-4-1-1)
    • 13David Stockdale
    • 27Sascha Riether
    • 18Aaron Hughes
    • 4Philippe Senderos
    • 3John Arne Riise
    • 16Damien Duff
    • 7Steve Sidwell
    • 14Giorgos Karagounis
    • 36Mesca
    • 8Pajtim Kasami
    • 9Dimitar Berbatov
    Substitutes
    • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
    • 38Neil Etheridge
    • 5Brede Hangeland
    • 17Matthew Briggs
    • 35Fernando Amorebieta
    • 0Lasse Vigen Christensen
    • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
    • 15Kieran Richardson
    • 23Derek Boateng
    • 24Ashkan Dejagah
    • 30Chris David
    • 10Bryan Ruiz
    • 20Hugo Rodallega
    • 29Marcello Trotta
    • 43Muamer Tankovic
    Manager
    • Martin Jol
    • 90 That's all. Bryan Ruiz scores for Fulham in Costa Rica after Dimitar Berbatov's double put the Whites in control.
    • 86 Great vision from Kacaniklic to find Rodallega free at the far post but the Colombian skews his shot just wide of goal.
    • 77 Christensen replaces Riether, who is the last remaining player from the Whites' starting team, with Fulham in firm control of the game.
    • 73 The new forward combination comes good as Rodallega feeds Ruiz to slam in from close range, before receiving a warm round of applause from the home fans.
    • 72 Boateng goes into the book for a late challenge on Pablo Herrera.
    • 69 That's all for Sidwell, he's replaced for another debutant, Chris David, as Amorebieta heads a half-chance straight at the keeper.
    • 63 Stekelenburg produces a superb fingertip save from sub Felix Montoya's free-kick, following a foul by Amorebieta. Top reactions.
    • 53 Ruiz is quick to make his mark, combining well with Rodallega. Bryan's cross falls for Kacaniklic but he slices the volley wide.
    • 46 #FFC second-half team: Stekelenburg; Riether, Amorebieta, Hangeland, Richardson; Dejagah, Sidwell, Boateng, Kacaniklic; Ruiz, Rodallega.
    • 46 Nine changes for Fulham at half-time in San José. Only Riether and Sidwell remain from the first half, with debuts for Stekelenburg, Amorebieta and Boateng.
    • 45' Aviles cuts in and curls a shot wide, and that's half-time. Berbatov's double puts the Whites in the ascendancy at the interval.
    • 40' Berbatov doubles his tally by sending the keeper the wrong way and gently rolling the ball over the line.
    • 39' Riise powers into the box before being pulled down from behind, and that is a penalty.
    • 35' Tracking back well, Duff springs a counter-attack and frees Kasami on the left. He goes past one with composed skill and squares for Berbatov to add a simple finish.
    • 25' The Whites have been soaking up some Cartaginés pressure and Stockdale dives full-length to deny Montero's back-post header.
    • 15' We've said it before but that was so close to Riise's first #FFC goal. Kasami's silky run opened up room to set Riise, but he shot wide.
    • 9' Cartaginés are showing intent with the impressive Silva shooting wide. He then sets up Oliveira, but Stockdale makes the low save.
    • 4' With our first wave, Riise overlaps well and delivers a pin-point cross for Berbatov. Keeper Alfaro stretches well to save the header.
    • Fulham's 2013/14 pre-season has officially begun. Cartaginés are decked out in a very patriotic red, white and blue number.
    • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.