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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.


British man killed as pleasure cruise catamaran capsizes

A British man was among three tourists killed when a catamaran on a pleasure cruise capsized off Costa Rica.

The man died along with a Canadian and an American when strong waves, whipped up by high winds, filled the boat around nine miles off the coast as it headed off on a day trip to Tortuga Island.

The 100ft catamaran was headed on a day trip to Tortuga Island Credit:

Vice President Ana Helena Chacon said 106 people had been rescued, including the ship's 10 crew members.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said:

We are aware of an incident on a boat off the coast of Costa Rica involving British nationals. We are in close contact with the local authorities and are providing consular assistance.

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman

England fans in good spirits despite early World Cup exit

England's fans have been in good spirits for the team's last World Cup game in Brazil, despite crashing out of the tournament after the first two games.

England are currently drawing with Costa Rica 0-0 in their final game in Belo Horizonte.

England fans cheer in Costa Rica. Credit: EMPICS Sport/PA
An England fan holds a comical placard for John Terry. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA

Maradona blasts Fifa for drug-testing Costa Ricans

Diego Maradona has accused Fifa of targeting Costa Rica after seven of their players were subjected to drug tests following their famous 1-0 win over Italy.

Costa Rica's players celebrate after their 1-0 win against Italy. Credit: Reuters

Two players from each team are required to undergo tests following each match at the World Cup, but the governing body ordered five extra Costa Ricans to be tested after Friday's win which sealed their progress to the last 16.

"Why test seven players from Costa Rica and not seven from Italy?" Maradona, who was sent home from the 1994 World Cup after failing a drugs test, said.

"This is only happening because some people are annoyed Costa Rica, and not the big teams, are going through, and so the sponsors won't pay what they'd promised."

Costa Rica's manager Jorge Luis Pinto also reacted furiously, claiming his players were being punished for their constant running through games.

British teen dies in Costa Rica

The family of a British teenager who died while climbing in Costa Rica are understood to making preparations to return his body to the UK.

Lucas Drummond, 16, fell to his death while climbing in Santa Ana in the heart of the Central American country.

The incident is understood to have happened on Friday April 4, although authorities have not confirmed this.

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