Costa Rica qualifies for World Cup in dramatic fashion

Costa Rica and other Central American nations have been hit by tropical storm Nate. More

Costa Rica and other Central American nations have been hit by tropical storm Nate. More

Costa Rica have booked their place at next summer's World Cup finals after a 1-1 draw against Honduras - thanks to an injury-time equaliser which sparked wild celebrations.

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC centre back had a flare for the dramatic, heading home the tying goal for Costa Rica in Saturday's World Cup qualifying match against Honduras.

Así vivieron los periodistas del Diario Diez de Honduras el empate ante Costa Rica por las eliminatorias.

Romell Quioto crossed from the left for Eddie Hernandez who managed to get between two defenders and head home what seemed set to be a decisive goal for Honduras on the road to Russian Federation.

In the fifth of a minimum six minutes of stoppage time, a long ball from deep in Costa Rica's end following a throw-in was headed from about 23 yards out by Hernandez.

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Costa Rica has 16 points and is second in the final round of North and Central American and Caribbean region behind Mexico, which has 21 points and clinched last month.

Three CONCACAF teams advance directly to the finals in Russian Federation, with a fourth to play off against either Syria or Australia for a berth.

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.

The draw also sees Panama remain in the playoff position in CONCACAF on 10 points, level with Honduras which could have jumped up to fourth had the side been able to hang on for the win. "Our players know they are playing in the World Cup and they will surely get over it soon and focus on next game".

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