Costa Rica defender Dennis Marshall has been killed in a car accident.

The AaB Aalborg player, 25, died along with his wife when his car collided head-on with a truck close to Costa Rican capital San Jose while they were travelling from his grandfather's funeral.

Just five days ago, Marshall scored his side's equalising goal en route to a penalty shootout loss against Honduras in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. It was his only international goal in 19 appearances.

A statement from the country's football federation read: "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.''

National team coach Ricardo La Volpe led the tributes, saying: "It's a tough blow. He was a young guy with a big future and I send my most heartfelt condolences to his family.''

Marshall's team-mate Randall Brenes added: "To hear of a team-mate that has died really affects us. It's hit us hard.

"We were in shock hoping that it wasn't him, but it's already been confirmed. It's very sad. He was like a brother to all of us.''