Costa Rica secures final spot at World Cup Qatar

 Costa Rica secures final spot at World Cup Qatar

Costa Rica secures final spot at World Cup Qatar

DOHA: Joel Campbell’s early goal sent Costa Rica to the World Cup for a third successive tournament as they edged past 10-man New Zealand 1-0 in their intercontinental playoff on Tuesday and secured the last place at the finals in Qatar.

The former Arsenal striker scored after three minutes for Costa Rica; as he squeezed between two defenders to touch home a square pass from Jewison Bennette with the New Zealand defence slow to react.

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New Zealand will feel hard done by after having an equalizer chalked off by VAR for a foul in the build-up to Chris Wood putting the ball in the back of the net in the 39th minute.

Costa Rica at World Cup Qatar

A check found that Matthew Garbett had fouled Oscar Duarte in what looked a harsh decision. A VAR check also led to a 69th-minute red card for Kosta Barbarouses, leaving the Kiwis down to 10 men.

“We had a chance to score early on and then we struggled,” said Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando at the post-match press conference. “We knew what their assets were. Also knew we’d struggle with their aerial balls. We had to make a change at halftime to have greater possession of the ball and a line of five in defence. That proved key.”

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The playoff between the fourth-placed team in the CONCACAF region and the Oceania confederation winner; at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, brought to an end the qualifying campaign for the 2022 finals in Qatar. Which run from Nov 21-Dec. 18.

Costa Rica qualified for a sixth World Cup in total and will compete in Group E; at the finals against Germany Japan and Spain.

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