Costa Rica beat New Zealand in playoff to take ultimate spot at 2022 World Cup | World Cup 2022 qualifiers

Costa Rica beat New Zealand 1-0 within the ultimate intercontinental playoff to finish the 32 finalists who will play on this yr’s World Cup finals in Qatar.

In Doha, Los Ticos took an early lead that they saved till the general whistle when Joel Campbell scored after 3 mins. The former Arsenal participant, now with Monterrey in Mexico, transformed a go after nice paintings from {the teenager} Jewison Bennette down the left flank.

New Zealand fought again and had a lot of the drive within the first half of. The Newcastle striker Chris Wood had the ball within the web within the thirty ninth minute, just for VAR to overrule the strike after a nasty within the buildup. The test discovered that Matthew Garbett had fouled Óscar Duarte.

A fit that continuously threatened to boil over noticed Luis Fernando Suárez, the Costa Rica trainer, make 3 subs at half-time, together with the creation of the veteran captain, Bryan Ruiz, however New Zealand endured to create many extra possibilities.

“We had a chance to score early on and then we struggled,” mentioned Suárez. “We knew what their assets were. We knew we’d struggle with their aerial balls.

“We had to make a change at half-time to have greater possession and a line of five in defence. That proved key.”

New Zealand’s hopes have been critically broken when Kosta Barbarouses, the second-half replace attributable to their supervisor, Danny Hay, lasted slightly 8 mins earlier than being pushed aside for a studs-up foul on Francisco Calvo. A VAR test noticed his yellow card transformed to purple. When Barbarouses left, so did the All Whites’ hopes of taking part in at a 3rd successive World Cup finals.

Group A Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B England, Iran, USA, Wales
Group C Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Polandn
Group D France, Denmark, Tunisia, Australia
Group E Spain, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica
Group F Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

Opening fit 21 November Final 18 December

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Group A Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B England, Iran, USA, Wales
Group C Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland

Group D France, Denmark, Tunisia, Australia
Group E Spain, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica
Group F Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

Opening fit 21 November Final 18 December

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Keylor Navas, the Costa Rican goalkeeper, made a fantastic save from Clayton Lewis’s long-range effort, after which a low shot from Wood in an an increasing number of stressful final 10 mins the place New Zealand have been camped within the opposition half of.

Hays mentioned he believed New Zealand performed “far better” than their warring parties, including: “One team dominated, there was only one team trying to put together good quality football.”

Costa Rica’s victory approach they’re going to take their position in Group E in Qatar, at the side of Spain, Germany and Japan. It can be their 3rd successive finals once they reached the quarter-finals in 2014 after which went out on the staff level in 2018.

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