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Qatar sold out: Costa Rica grab last World Cup ticket at New Zealand’s expense

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As everyone who participates in the World Cup knows. The last ticket goes to Costa Rica after a tight 1-0 win against New Zealand. The countdown to the World Championships in Qatar can now really begin.

Tim Verbruggen

The draw for the World Cup in Qatar was completed two months ago, but the 32 participating teams are only now known. In Doha, the final jump-off was played between Costa Rica, ranked 31st and 101st in the world, and New Zealand. Yesterday Australia qualified against Peru thanks to their dancing goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne.

Costa Rica took the lead against New Zealand three minutes later, thanks to Joel Campbell, and the narrow lead was eventually enough to secure the last World Cup ticket. New Zealand defender Costa Barbaros also helped with a red card in the seventieth minute. He came ten minutes ago.

Qatar will be Costa Rica’s sixth World Cup in its history, the best result being the quarter-finals in Brazil in 2014. In Qatar it ends up in a very tough group with Germany, Spain and Japan.

It’s the last dance for former Buffalo Bryan Ruiz, who has already announced his retirement from the national team after the World Cup. He came on after the break against New Zealand.

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