Costa Rica beat Saudi Arabia after protest at St James’ Park

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Costa Rica earned a 3-1 win over Saudi Arabia at St James’ Park in a friendly on Friday after a pre-match protest by Newcastle United fans over the use of the stadium by the Saudi team. The game also saw the return of Ticos captain Keylor Navas. The former Real Madrid goalkeeper had not played for Costa Rica since last year’s World Cup in Qatar, missing a couple of friendlies and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July. The Central Americans took the lead in the 12th minute when defender Francisco Calvo headed home Joel Campbell’s cross. Manfred Ugalde made it 2-0 just past the half-hour mark with anoth…

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