Costa Rica last qualified

Costa Rica clinched the last of 32 tickets to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (November 21-December 18), beating New Zealand 1-0 in the host country on Tuesday.

For their sixth FIFA World Cup and the third in a row, the Costa Ricans, under the leadership of Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suárez, join Spain, Germany and Japan in the Group E statement.

The Central Americans, 31st in the Fifa rankings, took the lead in the 3rd minute thanks to former Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, who converted their only chance of the first period.

The New Zealanders, 101st in the world, made the game with 64% possession and nine shots, including three on target, in the first period.

But, in the 39th minute, Newcastle striker Chris Wood was denied the equalizing goal, after recourse to VAR, for a foul committed by setter Matthew Garbett.


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