Costa Rica-Honduras World Cup qualifier postponed until Saturday

Lynette Rowe
October 9, 2017

Adds video link. With AP Photos. Kendall Watson equalized in the fifth minute of stoppage time to secure a 1-1 draw against Honduras, good enough to clinch a place at the 2018 World Cup.

In the remaining fixtures of the round, Honduras host Mexico on Tuesday, while Costa Rica go to Panama and the United States travel to bottom side Trinidad and Tobago.

Costa Rica booked a spot at the 2018 World Cup after a dramatic late equaliser against Honduras on Saturday.

In a match postponed a day because of a tropical storm, Eddie Hernandez's header from Romell Quioto's cross put Honduras ahead in the 66th minute.

Germany's Noah Awuku, who came on as a second half substitute capitalised on Costa Rica centre-back Fernan Faerron's mistake to score a late victor for his team.

Honduras' goalkeeper Donis Escober (C) fails to stop Waston's header.

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Costa Rica will be a fine addition to El Mundial next summer.

Costa Rica (16 points) will finish second to Mexico (21), with those as the only two CONCACAF sides to have booked their tickets to Russian Federation.

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. Panama is in fourth place with 10 points; Honduras also has 10 points, but Panama has the advantage on Honduras on goal differential.

Goal difference has become key: the USA are plus-five, Panama minus-two and Honduras minus-seven meaning the Americans should only need a draw to go through.

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.

The Americans would be eliminated only if they lose and Panama and Honduras both win.

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