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Mazhye Burchall is confident Bermuda can beat host nation Costa Rica tomorrow and qualify for the next phase of the Concacaf Under-20 Championship.

The PHC Zebras forward scored a stunning consolation goal for Kyle Lightbourne's team in the 3-1 defeat by El Salvador on Wednesday night and believes an upset could be on the cards after watching Costa Rica's 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.

Bermuda need a win to overtake Costa Rica and have a chance of going through as group C runners-up, with El Salvador through as group winners having won both of their games. Burchall is up for the challenge after his wonder goal.

“I am really up for the game,” Burchall said. “We watched Costa Rica play their first game [against El Salvador] and then we watched half of their game with Trinidad.

“They are really physical but I think we can beat them looking at the way Trinidad played them. If we just stick to our game plan I think we will beat them.”

With Bermuda 3-0 down against El Salvador on Wednesday, Burchall took one touch to control Osagi Bascome's free kick and with the next fired into the top left corner.

“It was by far one of my best goals for the country,” he said. “I saw Osagi step on the ball and I realised that nobody was marking me, and so I gave him a little hint to drop it right where he did.

“We didn't practise it on the training ground. It just came off the top of our heads because they were beating us to the ball every time on our set-plays.

“But I do always practise my volleys and my touch.”

Bascome said his team-mate “took his chance well”.

“It has put us in a good place because now we are not on a minus-three goal difference,” the Bristol City forward said. “It's minus two and that could be a game changer in our last game with Costa Rica.”

Burchall's stunning volley was strikingly similar to a goal he scored playing for PHC Zebras against Devonshire Colts in the Premier Division in his final league appearance before the Championship.

After the match the player's strike ignited a frenzy on social media, with American sports television network ESPN seeking permission to use the video clip of it.

“I wasn't really worried about all of that,” Burchall said. “I was just trying to be myself and keep calm, stay positive and don't let the media distract me.”

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Published February 24, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 23, 2017 at 11:40 pm)

We can stun host nation, says Burchall

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