March 23, 2018 / 11:38 PM / 4 months ago

Soccer: McLeish suffers defeat to Costa Rica in first game back

(Reuters) - Alex McLeish’s second stint as Scotland manager got off to a disappointing start as they were beaten 1-0 on their own turf by the World Cup-bound Costa Rica in Glasgow.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Scotland vs Costa Rica - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - March 23, 2018 Scotland’s Kevin McDonald in action with Costa Rica’s Celso Borges REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

The Central Americans got off to a strong start at Hampden Park and were in front within the first 15 minutes when a well-placed cross by Bryan Oviedo was met with a low finish from striker Marco Urena.

Costa Rica, who famously also beat Scotland 1-0 in the 1990 World Cup finals, almost doubled their advantage shortly after halftime but Bryan Ruiz’s fierce drive hit the crossbar.

It marked a disppointing return for McLeish, who enjoyed a successful first spell as Scotland manager in 2007.

His side now travel to Budapest to take on Hungary on Tuesday, while Costa Rica meet Tunisia in Nice, France.

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Reporting by Christian Radnedge; Editing by Ian Chadband

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