Doha, Qatar – Costa Rica have sealed qualification for the World Cup 2022 after a nervy 1-0 win over New Zealand on Tuesday night on the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar.
Joel Campbell’s early objective despatched Costa Rica to their third successive World Cup, a lot to the enjoyment of the estimated 6,000 Costa Rican followers current on the stadium.
Amongst them was Janella Escobar, 40, who was accompanied by her husband, daughter and son, wearing festive nationwide colors.
Escobar, a soccer fanatic, had travelled from Costa Rica. She mentioned she additionally went to South Africa in 2010 and Brazil in 2014 for the World Cups however missed out on Russia 2018 as she was pregnant.
Costa Rican couple Grievin Astorga, 45, and Karol Arias, 40, mentioned they knew their crew needed to be pragmatic to seal the win.
“It’s so good to know we will likely be again in Qatar later this 12 months,” a jubilant 60-year-old Bernardo Rodrigues, who had flown in from the Costa Rican capital San Jose, informed Al Jazeera after the ultimate whistle.
“All evening folks again residence, together with our households, will likely be on the streets,” Rodrigues mentioned whereas celebrating with a number of of his associates after the sport.
The World Cup 2022 takes place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18.