Barcelona’s full-back Sergino Dest scored a spectacular goal for the USMNT against Costa Rica in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifying despite wearing a laceless shoe.
Dest equalized for the hosts in the 25th minute after the Ticos took the lead in the first minute of play at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio. The 20-year-old cut inward and shot a fierce attempt into the top corner, as ESPN shows.
The goal is Dest’s second international goal and provided the UMSNT with the platform to go ahead and take an important win. Dest also helped win, playing in Timothy Weah to defeat goalkeeper Leonel Moreira on his clean post in the 66th minute.
Dest will now return to Barcelona after playing in his side’s victories against Jamaica and Costa Rica during the international break. The defender was replaced with a thigh injury against Jamaica as a precaution and then suspended the defeat against Panama, but certainly showed no signs of physical problems in an impressive performance against Costa Rica
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Dest was very happy to speak to him ESPN after the full-time whistle. The full-back was named USMNT’s Man of the Game and spoke in spectacular fashion about how he felt after joining the scorers’ list.
“It was an incredible feeling. I was just tucked in when the defense attorney moved out. I had to turn it so I did it and it went in, ”he said. “Unbelievable feeling. I was just so happy. We needed that goal and we had to win this game. The points are important because we all want to go to the World Cup, so it was a really important goal.”
The win puts the United States in second place in the octagonal standings, four points behind leaders Mexico after six games. The two best teams meet in the TQL stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday, November 12th
UMSNT coach Gregg Berhalter was full of praise for Dest after the win and believes that the 20-year-old full-back will only get better as a player increases in experience and development, as reported by Goal.
“He can be as good as he wants and you saw that in his attacking game today. It is unreal. With him and Yunus by your side and Brenden, it’s very difficult for the opponent, ”he said. “But for Serge it just sags mentally and really pushes himself to be the best when he’s on the field. And I think in those moments we forget again how young he is for a player. Defenders often rely on experience, and all they have to do is gain experience. “
Already a regular at Barcelona, Dest has shown his versatility this season at Camp Nou by coming on as a left-back while Jordi Alba was sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Alba has returned to training over the international break and is expected to return when Barcelona face Valencia on Sunday.
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