Costa Rica edge past New Zealand to seal World Cup 2022 spot | Qatar 2022 News

An early aim by Campbell remained the distinction on the full-time whistle as Costa Rica attain their third straight World Cup.

Doha, Qatar – A 3rd-minute strike by Joel Campbell helped Costa Rica beat New Zealand within the qualifying playoff and attain their third successive World Cup.

The previous Arsenal striker ran previous two defenders to attain the one aim of the match on the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar on Tuesday night in entrance of loud and mighty Costa Rican followers.

New Zealand felt that they had equalised simply earlier than half-time however the aim was dominated out by the referee after VAR session for a foul within the build-up.

Costa Rica beforehand certified for 5 World Cups – 1990, 2002, 2006, 2014 and 2018.

New Zealand, also referred to as the All Whites, participated within the match in 1982 and 2010.

FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier - Costa Rica v New Zealand - Al Rayyan Stadium, Doha, Qatar - June 14, 2022 [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]
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Regardless of the early aim, Costa Rica remained unconvincing all through the match. They made three adjustments at half-time as they appeared to press on, however New Zealand nonetheless loved the majority of possession and appeared more likely to rating the subsequent aim.

Nevertheless, a pink card for substitute Kosta Barbarouses within the 69th minute hampered New Zealand’s seek for an equaliser.

Costa Rica additionally had goalkeeper Kaylor Navas to thank after he made a very good cease within the 76th minute from Clayton Lewis.

The ultimate whistle introduced some 6,000 travelling Costa Rican followers to their toes regardless of a less-than-convincing efficiency by the staff.

“That was an exhilarating win,” Costa Rica supporter Andre Reid informed Al Jazeera because the followers celebrated the historic second.

“It’s wonderful to go to the World Cup once more. I felt very nervous in the course of the sport. Folks have been sweating and biting their nails. There shall be an enormous occasion in Costa Rica proper now. I don’t suppose anybody will go to work tomorrow.”

FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier - Costa Rica v New Zealand - Al Rayyan Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Roughly 6,000 Costa Rican followers have been current on the sport [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Costa Rica, who reached the quarter-finals at Brazil 2014, will participate of their third straight World Cup whereas New Zealand fall on the ultimate hurdle for the third straight time, having misplaced playoffs to Mexico in 2014 and Peru in 2018.

“It’s heartbreaking to return so shut and lose,” New Zealand fan Nico Smith informed Al Jazeera after the ultimate whistle.

“Reaching the World Cup is a dream. I believe New Zealand, after conceding early, did actually get well nicely. Nevertheless, I’m nonetheless very happy with this younger staff and can proceed to provide my assist.”

The end result additionally introduced an finish to the prolonged qualifying marketing campaign for Qatar 2022, with all 32 groups having certified for the match that takes place from November 21 to December 18 this yr.

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