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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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