Waston heroics lift Costa Rica into fifth World Cup

Costa Rica-Honduras World Cup qualifier postponed until Saturday

The Associated PressKendall Waston scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, giving Costa Rica a 1-1 tie against visiting Honduras on Saturday at San Jose and clinching the Ticos' second straight World Cup berth and fifth overall. One of those three teams will face either Syria or Australia for a place in the World Cup.

Honduras, however, took the lead after 66 minutes when Eddie Hernandez powered home a header from nine yards out. The Vancouver Whitecaps defender outjumped Maynor Figueroa and Johnny Palacios to head the ball past Donis Escober to the goalkeeper's left from 8 yards.

Thankfully not, at least if the scenes which greeted Costa Rica's qualification in the early hours of Sunday morning are anything to go by...

Costa Rica has 16 points and is second in the final round of North and Central American and Caribbean region behind Mexico, which has 21 points and clinched last month.

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The United States now occupies third place in the table after beating Panama 4-0 on Friday night, which leaves Bruce Arena's side in control of its own destiny heading into the final match of the Hexagonal.

When it comes to separating the two sides locked on ten points, if Panama match Honduras' result only a five-goal swing in goal difference in favour of Los Catrachos can prevent Panama coming out on top.

A resounding 4-0 win over Panama on Friday did wonders for the U.S. Men's National Team in its pursuit of the country's eighth straight World Cup appearance. They must now hope to beat already-qualified Mexico and hope both Panama and the United States lose.

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