Tuesday. 05.07.2022
QATAR 2022

Costa Rica will be Spain's first rival in the 2022 Qatar World Cup

After beating New Zealand in Tuesday's intercontinental playoff, they will join Group E with Germany, Spain and Japan at the World Cup which runs from November 21 to December 18
14 June 2022, Costa Rica, San Pedro: People celebrate in the San Pedro district in Costa Rica after defeating New Zealand in their playoff match at the Al Rayyan Stadium in Doha, Qatar and qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Photo: Rafael Pacheco Granados/La Nacion via ZUMA Press/dpa.
People celebrate in the San Pedro district in Costa Rica after defeating New Zealand in their playoff match and qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Photo: Rafael Pacheco Granados/dpa.

Costa Rica are the 32nd and final team to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar later this year thanks to a goal from Joel Campbell earning a 1-0 win over New Zealand in Tuesday's intercontinental play-off.

Los Ticos were outplayed by New Zealand but clung on to a 1-0 advantage to reach Qatar 2022 on Tuesday. They will join Group E with Germany, Spain and Japan at the World Cup which runs November 21-December 18.

In a winner-takes-all match between the fourth-placed side in CONCACAF qualifying and the OFC stage winners, Joel Campbell struck the decisive goal after just three minutes.

The former Arsenal forward squeezed between two New Zealand defenders and bundled a first-time finish past Oli Sail.

Rather than tee up a straightforward Costa Rica victory, though, that goal preceded a sustained backs-to-the-wall effort as the All Whites dominated.

Chris Wood thought he had netted a precious equaliser late in the first half, only for a VAR review to spot a foul earlier in the move.

Third World Cup in a row

And another video referral in the second period saw substitute Kosta Barbarouses' lunge on Francisco Calvo upgraded from a yellow card to red, leaving New Zealand with a mountain to climb.

They continued to control the contest but could not score the leveller that would deny Costa Rica their place in Qatar, joining Spain, Japan and Germany in a tricky Group E.

Los Ticos – going to their sixth World Cup and third in a row – begin their campaign against Spain in Doha on November 23.

Costa Rica will be Spain's first rival in the 2022 Qatar World Cup
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