09.07.2015 04:47 h

McAnuff strikes as Jamaica hold Costa Rica

England-based striker Jobi McAnuff scored a superb individual goal to give Jamaica a surprise 2-2 draw with highly-rated Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup here Wednesday.

McAnuff, who plays for English lower league side Leyton Orient, jinked his way past a series of Costa Rican defenders to prod home a 48th-minute equaliser at Los Angeles's StubHub Center.

The Group B result came as a disappointment to Costa Rica, the highest placed CONCACAF team in the FIFA world rankings at 14th.

Los Ticos, one of the surprise packages at last year's World Cup where they defeated Italy and Uruguay during a fairytale run to the quarter-finals, trailed early on after Jamaica took the lead through Garath McCleary on 13 minutes.

However the Central Americans soon took the lead through goals from Roy Miller and David Ramirez.

Ramirez gave Costa Rica a 2-1 lead in the 37th minute as he chipped the ball over the head of Jamaican goalkeeper Dwayne Miller into the net.

His goal came just four minutes after Roy Miller headed home from a set piece to cancel out McCleary's opener.

Costa Rica are aiming to win their first Gold Cup title in the 12-team tournament.

Despite their ranking, Costa Rica are not coming into the tournament on a high note as they have lost three and drawn two in their last five contests.

Caribbean minnows Jamaica meanwhile will be satisfied with a point after a difficult campaign at the Copa America last month where they lost all three group games.

Canada plays El Salvador in the second Group B game later Wednesday.

Up for grabs at the end of the 12-team, 19-day tournament is a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.