Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Costa Rica joins the party, qualifiers for World Cup

Costa Rica joins the party, qualifiers for World Cup

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

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.

Eddie Hernandez headed Honduras ahead in the 66th minute, and it appeared that Costa Rica would have to put their Russian Federation plans on hold.

Ruiz played the ball from his left foot to his right to fake his way past Acosta, dribbled past Izaguirre and crossed to Waston.

Honduras' goalkeeper Donis Escober (C) fails to stop Waston's header.

The victory, clinched by substitute Alex Iwobi's goal with 17 minutes to go, ensured Nigeria will win Group B and qualify for the World Cup for the sixth time in the last seven tournaments.

Both Mexico and Costa Rica have officially qualified, with the the driver's seat for the final automatic qualification spot.

Panama suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the USA this weekend. Panama and Honduras in the course of struggle will determine the participant of the play-offs from the CONCACAF zone.

To win a tiebreaker in the case of a US draw, Panama would have to win by eight goals. 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. There, the hosts took on Central American rival Honduras in a match that had huge implications for both teams as well as the two sides who met the previous night in Orlando. They were quarter-finalists in Brazil in 2014 and reached the knockout stage in Italy in 1990.

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