Costa Rica vs Honduras CONCACAF WC Qualifiers

Posted October 09, 2017

"¡El Mundial!" Congratulations to Costa Rica.

The 2014 World Cup quarterfinalists sealed a spot in Russian Federation in dramatic fashion on Saturday.

Honduras, however, took the lead after 66 minutes when Eddie Hernandez powered home a header from nine yards out.

Kendall Waston scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to clinch Costa Rica's second-straight World Cup berth and fifth overall.

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.

Costa Rica have 16 points and are second in the final round of North and Central American and Caribbean region qualification, behind Mexico, who have 21 points and clinched a World Cup berth last month.

The side, now ranked 21st in the world, only needed a point in San Jose to be sure of finishing in the top three of their qualifying group which will see them off to Russian Federation.

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.

The U.S.is at 12 points following its 4-0 win Friday over Panama and would qualify with a win at Trinidad on the final night of the hexagonal.

CONCACAF's six-nation final round of qualifying concludes on Tuesday, when the United States travels to Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras hosts Mexico and Panama hosts Costa Rica.

Is this really all that reaching the World Cup means nowadays?

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