Costa Rican Delight!  Thanks to the 1-0 victory against New Zealand, the country from Central America redeems the last World Cup ticket and moves into the Germany group.
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Of: Vincent Fisher

Costa Rica and New Zealand will play for participation in the World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday evening. The winner meets Germany in the group stage.

Update from June 14, 9:55 p.m.: The last World Cup ticket is taken! Costa Rica completes the field of 32 teams for the Winter World Cup in Qatar. Coach Luis Fernando Suaréz’s team narrowly won the decisive game against New Zealand 1-0. Joel Campbell scored the goal of the day in the 3rd minute. Particularly dramatic: New Zealand supposedly equalized in the 39th minute. But the jubilation didn’t last long. Referee Mohammed Abdulla took the goal back via video evidence.

With that, the group of the German national team at the World Cup is finally complete. It was already clear that Hansi Flick’s team, who met Italy in the Nations League on the same Tuesday evening, would play Spain and Japan in the group phase. With Costa Rica, Group E is now complete.

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Costa Rican Delight! Thanks to the 1-0 victory against New Zealand, the country from Central America redeems the last World Cup ticket and moves into the Germany group. © IMAGO/Alberto Estevez

First report: Ar-Rayyan – The Soccer World Cup in Qatar gets closer. On November 21st the opening match between the hosts and Ecuador takes place at the Al Bayt Stadium. 31 of the 32 participants in the first “Winter World Cup” have already been determined. The last ticket will be awarded on Tuesday evening (8pm CET) when Costa Rica and New Zealand duel. The winner meets Germany, Spain and Japan in Group E.

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New Zealand’s national team is hoping for the next football hype. In 2010 she triggered exactly this with her participation in the World Cup. “It inspired young Kiwis to play this sport and that’s what we want to do again,” said international Logan Rogerson in a post on FIFA’s website.

The 24-year-old, who once played for FC Carl Zeiss Jena, is under contract with FC Haka in Finland. He’s hoping for a fresh boost of talented young players through another qualification. “The qualification would strengthen football at home massively,” emphasized Rogerson. Rugby and cricket are still most popular with New Zealanders. If the third World Cup participation succeeds 40 years after the premiere in Spain, football should continue to catch up.

World Cup qualification for New Zealand also financial – Rogerson predicts “hot dance” against Costa Rica

The association also rehabilitated itself financially when it reached the finals in 2010. Just a few years earlier, it had been dependent on government help, wrote the New Zealand portal In 2021, the association had a financial reserve of almost seven million euros. “But we’re not looking at the match now so that we can pay our bills tomorrow,” quoted the portal as saying, association boss Andrew Pragnell.

Logan Rogerson is convinced of the qualities of the team. “We’re going to deliver a hot dance to Costa Rica,” said the 24-year-old. “We’ve had ample time to find our playstyle and identity and that should all be perfect by Tuesday. There is plenty of talent in our squad. And while New Zealand used to not have many players active in Europe, almost the entire squad now plays at a high professional level.”

World Cup 2022: Germany meets on December 1st in Costa Rica or New Zealand

Germany will meet Japan in Group E on November 23 (2 p.m./Khalifa International Stadium). Four days later, the top game against Spain (8 p.m.) takes place at the Al-Bayt Stadium. At the end of the group phase, the team is about national coaches Hansi Flick on December 1 (8 p.m.) against the winner of the match between Costa Rica and New Zealand. (vfi/dpa)

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