Costa Rica punched their ticket to Russian Federation

  • Costa Rica punched their ticket to Russian Federation

Costa Rica punched their ticket to Russian Federation

Eddie Hernández had headed Honduras ahead in the 66th minute, and it appeared that Costa Rica would have to put their Russian Federation plans on hold once more (La Sele had already missed one opportunity to qualify for the World Cup on their home turf during a game against Mexico on September 5).

Así vivieron los periodistas del Diario Diez de Honduras el empate ante Costa Rica por las eliminatorias.

Just as Honduras looked like it would pull off one of the big results of the Hex, Ticos captain Kendall Waston similarly rose in a crowd to power in the equalizer in the fifth minute of stoppage time, sending the stadium into pandemonium.

The goal pulled Costa Rica out of its shell, but most of its attacks were stifled. 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. So did Awuku, who said he thought of Ludewig straight after scoring.Costa Rica had their share of chances in the early moments and could have stunned their opponents. Six minutes later, Romell Quioto sprinted down the wing and crossed into the box where Hernandez connected with a thundering header to put the visitors in front.

Friday's CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match between Costa Rica and Honduras has been postponed until Saturday due to severe rainfall caused by tropical storm Nate, the Costa Rican soccer federation has announced. Three Concacaf teams advance directly to the finals with the fourth-placed team to play against either Syria or Australia for a World Cup spot.

Panama suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the U.S. this weekend. Up to that point, the fans and the players were resigned to have to wait to Tuesday, in the game against Panama, to officially qualify. That point meant they were guaranteed a spot in their fifth World Cup.

At the 2014 tournament in Brazil, Costa Rica opened with wins over Uruguay and Italy, then tied England.