New Delhi, 15 June:
The qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup final in Qatar has ended on Tuesday. Costa Rica’s team has secured a place in the World Cup 2022 after winning the playoffs. Joel Campbell’s opening goal sent Costa Rica to the World Cup for a third consecutive tournament. Costa Rica beat 10-man New Zealand 1-0 in their Intercontinental playoff on Tuesday and finished last in the final in Qatar.
The former Arsenal striker scored for Costa Rica after three minutes.
“We had a chance to score early and then we fought,” Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando told a post-match press conference.
“We knew what a team they were. We knew we would struggle with their air balls.
After time decided to take more possession of the ball and keep a line of five in the defence. It proved to be important.”
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Costa Rica qualified for their sixth World Cup overall and will face Germany, Japan and Spain in Group E.
During this, many supporters of Costa Rica had come.
While a disappointed New Zealand coach Danny Hay said after the match, “I thought we were the better team so far. One team was dominant, with only one team trying to maintain good quality football.”
Story first published: Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 9:35 am [IST]