Costa Rica punched their ticket to Russian Federation

Oct 09, 2017, 00:31
Costa Rica punched their ticket to Russian Federation

Eddie Hernandez's 66th-minute goal put Honduras ahead.

Germany and Costa Rica both commit a number of mistakes during their Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup encounter on Friday, but both the coaches were not ready to put knife to their throat for committing. One of those three teams will face either Syria or Australia for a place in the World Cup.

But five minutes into stoppage time, Waston rose in the center of the area to head in Bryan Ruíz's cross and spark joyful celebrations at the National Stadium in San Jose, where the match was postponed from Friday due to the effects of Tropical Storm Nate on the country and region. The Vancouver Whitecaps defender outjumped Maynor Figueroa and Johnny Palacios to head the ball past Donis Escober to the goalkeeper's left from 8 yards.

This is the fifth time that Costa Rica has qualified for the global soccer tournament.

As such, defeat for U.S. and Los Canaleros dropping points is Honduras' most likely chance of automatically making it three World Cup finals in a row.

Given the U.S. MNT's advantage in goal difference on both Honduras and Panama, a draw in Trinidad & Tobago would nearly certainly do the job for head coach Bruce Arena's side.

Goal difference has become key: the United States are plus-five, Panama minus-two and Honduras minus-seven meaning the Americans should only need a draw to go through.

The draw also sees Panama remain in the playoff position in CONCACAF on 10 points, level with Honduras which could have jumped up to fourth had the side been able to hang on for the win.

In Europe, Cristiano Ronaldo scored and helped Portugal win an eighth straight game - althought it still could fail to qualify.

The Americans would be eliminated only if they lose and Panama and Honduras both win.

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