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Rodriguez Cedeno's first-half equalizer earns Costa Rica 1-1 draw with Spain

  • Costa Rica's Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno, right, celebrates with teammate Carolina Venegas (9) after scoring against Spain during first half FIFA World Cup soccer action in Montreal, Canada, Tuesday, June 9, 2015.   (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Costa Rica's Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno, right, celebrates with teammate Carolina Venegas (9) after scoring against Spain during first half FIFA World Cup soccer action in Montreal, Canada, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Costa Rica's Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Spain during the first half of a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer match in Montreal, Canada, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Costa Rica's Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Spain during the first half of a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer match in Montreal, Canada, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Costa Rica's Maria Barrantes, left, challenges Spain's Celia Jimenez (2) during the first half of a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer match Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Costa Rica's Maria Barrantes, left, challenges Spain's Celia Jimenez (2) during the first half of a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer match Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno's first-half goal gave Costa Rica a 1-1 draw against Spain at Montreal on Tuesday in the Women's World Cup debut for both countries.

Rodriguez scored in the 14th minute off a centering pass from Katherine Alvarado, one minute after Vicky Losada put Spain ahead.

Spain controlled the possession for much of the second half, with Jennifer Hermoso and Sonia Bermudez narrowly missing chances soon after halftime.

Losada had another late opportunity, but Costa Rica goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz saved a shot headed to the top left part of the goal.

Costa Rica finished second in last year's CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, losing to the U.S. 6-0 in the final. It plays South Korea on Saturday, when Spain meets South American champion Brazil.