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Costa Rica book World Cup place in dramatic fashion

Costa Rica are heading to the World Cup. Credit: PA

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.

The side, currently 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 Russia.

The match had been postponed by 24 hours after heavy rainfall, and a 66th minute goal from Eddie Hernandez for Honduras may have also delayed Costa Rican celebrations.

But Kendall Watson connected with a cross five minutes into injury time to seal the point they needed.

It will be the fifth appearance at the World Cup for the Central American side after they topped Group D, which England failed to clear, in Brazil in 2014.

Costa Rica were eventually knocked out at the quarter-final stage by the Netherlands on penalties.

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Lukaku a doubt for Belgium's World Cup Qualifiers

Romelu Lukaku has been in scintillating form for both club and country this season. Credit: PA

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has been cleared of serious injury after having his ankle scanned while on international duty with Belgium.

Lukaku needed to be checked after being hurt in United's 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, in which he scored his 11th goal since joining the club from Everton in the summer.

The 24-year-old will now be put on a special training programme in the hope of proving his fitness for Belgium's World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia on Saturday and Cyprus on Tuesday.

A statement from the Belgian football association, the KBVB, read: "Romelu Lukaku underwent an MRI scan but no fracture or structural damage has been diagnosed.

"The next days he will follow an individual training program.

"It is however too early to state that he won't be match fit for the Bosnia and/or Cyprus game."

News the injury is not serious will be a relief to United ahead of their Premier League trip to Liverpool on October 14.

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