Waston heroics lift Costa Rica into fifth World Cup

Jessica Allison
October 9, 2017

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But five minutes into stoppage time, Waston rose in the center of the area to head in Bryan Ruíz's cross and spark joyful celebrations at the National Stadium in San Jose, where the match was postponed from Friday due to the effects of Tropical Storm Nate on the country and region. The dramatic late goal means the United States likely needs at most a draw at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday to qualify for its eighth straight World Cup berth.

Germany's Noah Awuku, who came on as a second half substitute capitalised on Costa Rica centre-back Fernan Faerron's mistake to score a late victor for his team.

Ruiz played the ball from his left foot to his right to fake his way past Acosta, dribbled past Izaguirre and crossed to Waston. Panama will host Costa Rica, while U.S. visit Trinidad and Tobago.

The draw is good news for the USA men's national team, which is jockeying with Honduras and Panama for CONCACAF's final slots.

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Honduras is still in the hunt for a top-four finish, now fifth with nine points, just behind on goal differential to the United States in fourth.

As such, defeat for US and Los Canaleros dropping points is Honduras' most likely chance of automatically making it three World Cup finals in a row. A seven- and 12-goal lead on each side means a USA draw would technically give hope to the chasing pair, but only a slim one.

The Socceroos will be trying to advance to the next stage of the playoffs when they play Syria in Sydney on Tuesday night.

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

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