Costa Rica clinches World Cup berth on Waston’s late goal

first_imgIn addition, the U.S. could qualify with a loss if Panama and Honduras both fail to win Tuesday.The fourth-place nation advances to a home-and-home playoff next month against Australia or Syria.The Americans would be eliminated only if they lose and Panama and Honduras both win.At the 2014 tournament in Brazil, Costa Rica opened with wins over Uruguay and Italy, then tied England. They beat Greece on penalty kicks to reach the quarterfinals, where they lost to the Netherlands in a shootout. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Cubs’ bullpen implodes in Game 2 loss to Nationals Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Waston has three international goals, including a 4-yard header from Christian Bolanos’ 68th-minute corner kick on March 28 that gave Costa Rica a 1-1 draw in qualifier at Honduras.Costa Rica has 16 points and is second in the final round of North and Central American and Caribbean region behind Mexico, which has 21 points and clinched last month.The U.S. is at 12 points following its 4-0 win Friday over Panama and would qualify with a win at Trinidad on the final night of the hexagonal. Panama and Honduras have 10 points each.Goal difference has become key: the U.S. is plus-five, Panama minus-two and Honduras minus-seven.A draw would be enough for the U.S. to qualify unless Honduras defeats visiting Mexico by at least 12 goals or Panama beats visiting Costa Rica by at least seven or eight goals, the needed margin depending on whether it overcomes its deficit to the U.S. in total goals, currently nine.ADVERTISEMENT In a match postponed a day because of a tropical storm, Eddie Hernandez’s header from Romell Quioto’s cross put Honduras ahead in the 66th minute.In the fifth of a minimum six minutes of stoppage time, a long ball from deep in Costa Rica’s end following a throw-in was headed from about 23 yards out by Hernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGiancarlo Gonzalez headed the ball toward the right flank. Bryan Ruiz flicked the ball ahead to Rodney Wallace who, marked by Bryan Acosta and Emilio Izaguirre, played it back to Ruiz.Ruiz played the ball from his left foot to his right to fake his way past Acosta, dribbled past Izaguirre and crossed to Waston. 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. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Costa Rica’s Kendall Waston, left, celebrates after scoring his team’s equalizer against Honduras during a World Cup qualifying soccer match at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica, Saturday, Oct 7, 2017. The draw allows Costa Rica to advance to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)Kendall Waston scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, giving Costa Rica a 1-1 tie against visiting Honduras on Saturday at San Jose and clinching the Ticos’ second straight World Cup berth and fifth overall.The dramatic late goal means the United States likely needs at most a draw at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night to qualify for its eighth straight World Cup berth.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img

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