Wild scenes as Costa Rica seal World Cup spot

Costa Rica have booked their place at the 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 booked their ticket to Russia in dramatic fashion. Pic: Getty

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

Honduras now has to better Panama's result in their final match in qualifying to seal a playoff against either the Socceroos or Syria.

The Hondurans host already qualified table-toppers Mexico, while Panama entertain Costa Rica.

USA plays bottom side Trinidad and Tobago with a draw likely to be enough for the Americans to seal the third and final automatic qualifying spot from CONCACAF.