Costa Rican star scores 35-yard screamer

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Costa Rica strengthened their hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Panama on Tuesday night.

Fulham star Bryan Ruiz broke the deadlock at the National Stadium with a well-taken free-kick in the 49th minute, before Celso Borges scored a 35-yard ripper just two minutes later, to ensure all three points went to Jorge Luis Pinto's side.

Receiving the ball just inside the opposition's half, the 25-year-old striker took one touch before unleashing an unstoppable drive past the helpless goalkeeper. 

Borges appeared to slip as he fired his effort towards goal, but if anything it helped the trajectory of the ball as it nestled into the top corner.

The win means Costa Rica now have 11 points from six matches, putting them in second place behind the United States in the CONCACAF finals table, with the top three teams securing a place in next year's World Cup.

Watch Celso Borges's Costa Rican ripper in the video below - with thanks to for bringing to our attention - and share your favourite long-range goals in the comment box provided.



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