Costa Rica defender Dennis Marshall killed in car crash
Costa Rica defender Dennis Marshall has been killed in a car crash just days after scoring for his country in a Gold Cup match.
The 25-year-old and his wife both died after their car was in a head-on collision with a truck near the Costa Rican capital San Jose as they made their way home from the funeral of the player’s grandfather.
The tragedy comes just days after Marshall, who plays for Danish side Aalborg, grabbed his first international goal. He found the net to equalise in a Gold Cup quarter-final match against Honduras. Costa Rica went on to lose the match on penalties.
A statement from the nation’s football federation said: “The Costa Rican Football Federation deeply laments the death of the national team player Dennis Marshall Maxwell and his wife Meylin Masis Castro.
“The thoughts of executive committee, selection committee, technical staff and his team-mates, and sporting and administrative personnel of FEDEFUTBOL, are with their families.”
Costa Rica manager Ricardo La Volpe said: “It’s a tough blow. He was a young guy with a big future and I send my most heartfelt condolences to his family.”