Saturday 20 July 2013, 8:00pm at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José
Deportivo Saprissa
Ramirez 26'; Estrada 69'
Fulham FC
Ruiz 29'; Rodallega 39'

26' Goal

David Ramirez

69' Goal

Diego Estrada

29' Goal

Bryan Ruiz
Assist by Hugo Rodallega

39' Goal

Hugo Rodallega
Assist by Mesca

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Derek Boateng
Off:Steve Sidwell

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matthew Briggs
Off:John Arne Riise

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pajtim Kasami
Off:Damien Duff

Rodallega tucks away the winning penalty to make it three trophies from three on our Costa Rica tour.

New Chairman Shahid Khan watched Fulham make it a perfect record in Costa Rica as the Whites triumphed over Deportivo Saprissa on penalty kicks.

The Chairman made the journey over from Jacksonville, USA, to attend his first match since purchasing the Club and the Whites held their nerve to make it three wins in three games on tour.

Hugo Rodallega scored one, assisted one and converted the deciding penalty as Fulham netted five out of five in the shootout, with Ariel Rodriguez’s miss proving fatal for Saprissa.

Fulham were given a scare by the team nicknamed ‘The Monster’, when David Ramirez forced his way through and added a powerful finish, much to the delight of the raucous home support.

The scoreline was overturned before the interval with Ruiz showing silky skills to equalise from Rodallega’s pass, the Whites’ stand-in Captain hitting his third goal in three games.

The Colombian Rodallega then turned scorer, heading in Buomesca Na Bangna’s superb cross after 39 minutes but a piece of individual brilliance from Diego Estrada after the break levelled it up.

Ruiz was given the honour of leading out the Whites for the first time, in the absence of Captain Brede Hangeland and Vice-Captain Dimitar Berbatov.

It was a special way for the Costa Rica national team Captain to finish off the tour of his home nation, against his boyhood club’s biggest rivals, having already scored two in two games.

And Fulham’s number ten had the first sight on goal, shooting wide from an acute angle, as the Whites looked to stamp their authority on the match.

The San José outfit, inspired by a vocal pocket of hardcore supporters behind their goal, started with intensity, Sascha Riether and Fernando Amorebieta on the receiving end of some crunching tackles.

Playing at a high tempo, Saprissa worked David Stockdale on a number of occasions in the first half, one of which forced an outstanding, acrobatic fingertip save from Ramirez’s header.

The Whites responded with intent, Na Bangna forcing a fine reaction save from keeper Donny Grant while overlapping on the left and collecting Ruiz’s pass.

But it was the local side who made the breakthrough on 26 minutes, Ramirez timing his run between the Whites centre-backs to perfection and lashing the ball past Stockdale.

At this stage, the Monster seemed to be forcing Fulham on to the back foot, but the Whites offered the perfect reply when Rodallega’s delightful chip was collected by Ruiz.

His marker was no match for Ruiz’s trickery, going outside then in, before sliding the ball into the corner of Saprissa’s net, only three minutes after falling behind.

The strike lifted the Whites, who began to put their opponents under more pressure, moving the ball quicker and stretching the play, a ploy which led to them taking the lead on 39 minutes.

Na Bangna arrived in acres of space on the left and delivered a dream cross for the leaping Rodallega to power a header past the helpless Grant.

However, there was no sign of Saprissa rolling over and their persistence paid off when the impressive Estrada’s fine footwork opened up space for him to fire a shot in off the post on 69 minutes.

A more compact Saprissa made it difficult for Fulham to create opportunities in the second half, Rodallega and substitute Pajtim Kasami worked Grant but Saprissa held firm, which led to penalties.

Giorgos Karagounis, Ruiz, Riether and Ashkan Dejagah had already scored when Rodriguez leaned back and skied Saprissa’s fourth spot-kick, leaving Rodallega to finish the job.

And finish he did, as Fulham completed the tour unbeaten, with three trophies and a very happy new Chairman.

Match Information

Competition: Friendly

Date: Saturday 20 July 2013
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José
Attendance: 12,000

Referee: Ricardo Cerdas

Deportivo Saprissa

Line-up: Grant; Smith, Robinson, Sequeira, Hernandez; Russell, Guzmán; Escoe, Estrada, Vega; Ramirez

Unused substitutes: De Lemos, Flores, Barquero, Golobio, Ruiz, Colindres


Line-up: Stockdale; Riether, Senderos, Amorebieta, John Arne Riise (Briggs 72'); Duff (Kasami 78'), Sidwell (Derek Boateng 55'), Karagounis, Mesca (Dejagah 72'); Ruiz; Rodallega

Unused substitutes: Stekelenburg, Etheridge, Hughes, Vigen Christensen, Richardson, David, Trotta, Tankovic

Manager: Martin Jol

Deportivo Saprissa (4-2-3-1)
  • 22Donny Grant
  • 2Jordan Smith
  • 5Alexander Robinson
  • 30Douglas Sequeira
  • 18Moises Hernandez
  • 25Manfred Russell
  • 20David Guzmán
  • 77Minor Escoe
  • 21Diego Estrada
  • 15Deyver Vega
  • 24David Ramirez
  • 1Adrian De Lemos
  • 24Luis Flores
  • 29Michael Barquero
  • 23Juan Bustos Golobio
  • David Ramirez Ruiz
  • 26Daniel Colindres
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 36Mesca
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 17Matthew Briggs
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 0Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 23Derek Boateng
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 30Chris David
  • 29Marcello Trotta
  • 43Muamer Tankovic
  • Martin Jol
  • Penalties: Fulham 5-3 Saprissa. Rodallega tucks away the winning penalty to make it three trophies from three on our Costa Rica tour.
  • Penalties: Fulham 4-3 Saprissa. Hakeen Smith keeps Saprissa in the game, slamming his penalty in.
  • Penalties: Fulham 4-2 Saprissa. Dejagah send the keeper the wrong way to score.
  • Penalties: Fulham 3-2 Saprissa. MISS! Ariel Rodriguez leans back and skies it well over Stockdale's crossbar.
  • Penalties: Fulham 3-2 Saprissa. Riether is whistled all the way to the spot. Then the German calmly rolls it in the corner.
  • Penalties: Fulham 2-2 Saprissa. Deyver Vega, left-footed, rolls it to Stockdale's right.
  • Fulham 2-1 Saprissa. Ruiz, to a chorus of boos and jeers, tucks the ball in the right corner.
  • Penalties: Fulham 1-1 Saprissa. Manfred sends Stockdale the wrong way.
  • Penalties: Fulham 1-0 Saprissa. Karagounis scores low to the keeper's left.
  • The winners of the trophy will be decided by penalties.
  • 90 Goals from Ruiz and Rodallega earn the Whites a 2-2 draw to finish the Costa Rica tour undefeated.
  • 88 The Whites are asking the questions, whipping in cross after cross but Saprissa are defending them well. The clock is ticking.
  • 85 Ruiz flicks on to Kasami who drives forward and hits a firm shot, which is stipped wide by goalkeeper Grant.
  • 78 Kasami comes on for the Whites in place of Duff.
  • 75 Guzman picks up a booking for a late tackle on Karagounis
  • 72 Dejagah is brought into the action in place of Na Banga, and Briggs replaces Riise.
  • 69 The San José side are level after quick footwork by Estrada before he drills a stinging drive in off the post.
  • 66 An outrageous back-heel turn on the edge of the box creats shooting space for Karagounis, but Grant is equal to the shot.
  • 60 Duff works a nice ball inside the channel for Rodallega, who races on and forces a good save from Grant with a fierce strike.
  • 60 Some slick possession play by the Whites as they take the sting out of the game, but they are always searching for the opening.
  • 55 Sidwell is being replaced by Boateng.
  • 53 Ramirez almost produces a moment of magic with an acrobatic overhead kick but the ball fortunately flies past Stockdale's post
  • 50 Riise is making strong progress on the left to peg back the Saprissa defence, as the Whites seek to extend the lead.
  • 46 Saprissa kick-off after the interval. No changes for Fulham. The Whites are taking the game to their opponents.
  • Ruiz and Rodallega's goals overturned Ramirez's strike to give the Whites a half-time lead.
  • 39 Rodallega climbs highest and connects with a superbly delivered cross by Mesca, thumping the ball into back of the net.
  • 29 What a reply from Fulham and what a goal from Bryan Ruiz! Taking Rodallega's chipped pass, he twists and turns the defender and slots into the corner.
  • 26 Ramirez collects a through ball, races behind the Whites defence and slams it past Stockdale.
  • 22 Fulham's best move of the game ends with Ruiz releasing Mesca on the left and the young winger stretches keeper Grant with the drive.
  • 21 Stockdale makes a couple of comfortable saves, before Riise launches a piledriver at goal but it zips over the crossbar.
  • 18 Trying to retrieve the ball as Saprissa break from a Fulham corner, Senderos goes in late and picks up a booking.
  • 16 Solano is show an immediate yellow for blatantly pulling back Rodallega after the Colombian left him in his wake.
  • 12 That's an outstanding, athletic save from Stockdale, diving backwards at full stretch to deny Ramirez's looping header.
  • 9 Guzman rifles in a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area but it drops the safe side of Stockdale's post.
  • 5 Duff whips in a dangerous cross but it's well claimed by keeper Grant. Amorebieta makes an important interception at the other end.
  • 1 We are off in San José, the Whites kicking towards the large block of Saprissa ultras. Ruiz has the first sight on goal, firing wide from a tight angle.
  • Deportivo Saprissa are nicknamed 'The Monster', and their die-hard supporters are creating a raucous atmosphere behind the goal.
  • The teams are warming up on a dry and humid evening in San José. The stadium is adorned with purple, the colour of local side Deportivo Saprissa.
  • Bryan Ruiz is named as Fulham captain for the first time on the final match of the Costa Rica tour.
  • The new Fulham FC Chairman, Shahid Khan, is in attendance at Estadio Nacional to watch his first match since becoming Chairman.