Small game, huge achievement: Costa Rica went to New Zealand and will play its fifth World Cup

Smarter for defending early leadwhich has the capacity to expand it, Costa Rica beat New Zealand 1-0 and became the last of the 32 qualified for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. for this instance- and the fourth of the Concacaf, It was for the Central American team.

This will be Costa Rica’s third consecutive participation in World Cups, since its first experience in 1990. With Qatar, the Ticos will play his fifth world cup.

Costa Rica’s first experience was in Italy 90: there it was eliminated in the round of 16 by Czechoslovakia. The next occasion was in 2002 in the contest organized jointly by Korea and Japan. That time, he didn’t get out of his group just like the next one at Germany 2006.

absent in South Africa 2010Costa Rica once again said present at Brazil 2014 and reached a surprising quarterfinal, where he was eliminated on penalties by the Netherlands. In Russia 2018the performance was different: it did not pass the groups instance.

Qatar 2022 will have him in group B, along with Spain, Germany and Japan, and the debut will be against La Roja, on November 23.

How did you get to the World Cup?

Costa Rica sealed its ticket with a goal from Joel Campbell two minutes into the game. The goal and his intelligence to defend the slightest advantage explain the last step of his journey to Qatar, which he started earlier.

Costa Rica agreed to the defining match after qualifying fourth in the Concacaf Qualifiers, behind Canada, Mexico and the United States, already qualified for the top event.

In parallel, Los Ticos come from the Concacaf Nations League, where they faced Panama and Martinique in matches corresponding to Group B. It was a 2-0 defeat against the Panamanians, and a victory by the same result against the island of the Lesser Antilles.

The game against New Zealand was different. After the blow practically simultaneously with the initial whistle, he concentrated on taking care of what he had achieved.

The goal came from the side, from a throw-in, from the left left to Bennette, who went deep on his side and took the center for Campbell, who, although required by his brand, was able to tap it to put it, slowly, next to the right stick.

In the 39th minute, New Zealand celebrated their goal, a good definition by Wood, but the referee, after reviewing the VAR, whistled a previous foul by the same footballer and did not validate it.

In the second half, it was all uphill for New Zealand, who ended up playing with 10 after Kosta Barbarouses was sent off for a kick to the opponent’s ankle. Here also the VAR was fundamental, because the referee had only warned.

With little, or with everything that implies a good defense of what has been achieved, Costa Rica got into the next World Cup.

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