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Costa Rica 1-0 New Zealand: South American side qualify for Qatar World Cup

Costa Rica 1-0 New Zealand: Former Arsenal player Joel Campbell is the hero with an early attack to secure World Cup final spot at the expense of All Whites

  • Costa Rica was in the play-off after finishing fourth in qualifying
  • New Zealand took the only play-off spot available to teams from Oceania
  • Former Arsenal man Joel Campbell gave South Americans an early lead
  • A red card for Kosta Barbarouses seriously hampered Kiwi’s chances
  • Click here for all the latest 2022 World Cup news and updates

Joel Campbell’s early goal sent Costa Rica to the World Cup for a third consecutive tournament.

They passed 10-man New Zealand on Tuesday in their intercontinental play-off and secured last place in the final in Qatar.

The former Arsenal striker scored for Costa Rica after three minutes as he squeezed between two defenders to hit a square pass from Jewison Bennette, with the New Zealand defense reacting slowly.

Joel Campbell gave Costa Rica an early lead in just the third minute of the game

Joel Campbell gave Costa Rica an early lead in just the third minute of the game

The South American side has a World Cup pedigree and has once again become the showpiece

The South American side has a World Cup pedigree and has once again become the showpiece

Campbell celebrated for the Costa Rican fans who made the trip to watch

Campbell celebrated for the Costa Rican fans who made the trip to watch

But New Zealand will find it difficult after the equalizer was disallowed by VAR for a foul in the run-up to Chris Wood putting the ball into the back of the net in the 39th minute.

A check found that Matthew Garbett had made Oscar Duarte a mistake in what appeared to be a tough decision.

The play-off between the fourth-placed team in the CONCACAF region and the winner of the Oceania confederation, at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, ended the qualifying campaign for the 2022 final in Qatar, which runs from November 21 to Dec 18.

More to follow…

New Zealander Kosta Barbarouses, center, gets red card during the qualifying play-off

New Zealander Kosta Barbarouses, center, gets red card during the qualifying play-off

Costa Rica fans at the National Stadium in San Jose celebrate the early lead

Costa Rica fans at the National Stadium in San Jose celebrate the early lead



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