Costa Rica beat New Zealand (1-0) on Tuesday in a disputed intercontinental play-off in Doha. Thanks to a goal from Joel Campbell, the teammates of Keylor Navas win the last qualifying ticket for the World Cup played in Qatar at the end of the year.
And 32. After Australia of the whimsical Andrew Redmayne on Monday evening, we know the last qualified for the 2022 Football World Cup (from November 21 to December 18). Victorious over New Zealand on Tuesday in an intercontinental play-off (1-0), Costa Rica painfully won the last ticket for the global competition disputed in the Gulf.
Sole scorer of the game, Joel Campbell guided the Central American team to success and will return home as a hero. Quarter-finalists in 2014 and eliminated in the first round in 2018, Costa Rica will be keen to offer themselves a great epic during the tournament organized in Qatar on the occasion of their sixth participation in the World Cup. But the partners of Keylor Navas will have to sign a real feat to get out of group E where they will challenge Spain, Germany and Japan.
Campbell surprises the Kiwis, Navas holds firm in defense
Joel Campbell punished the All Whites defense after just two minutes of play. On a cross from young Jewison Bennette (17), the former Arsenal and Lorient striker beat two New Zealand defenders to deceive Oliver Sail from a cross strike (1-0, 3rd).
It then took just under ten minutes to see New Zealand react and get a great chance to equalise. After a return to the Costa Rican area, Alex Greive tried his luck with a nice half-volley. But the strike from the Scottish club St. Mirren striker narrowly missed the goals of Keylor Navas (1-0, 11th).
In the process, the PSG goalkeeper had to work to leave Costa Rica in front. After a first parry on a deflection from Chris Wood, the veteran released the ball but followed well to throw himself at the feet of the Newcastle striker and ward off the danger (1-0, 15th).
Wood deprived of equalizer by VAR before the break
First star of the new Newcastle, Chris Wood then managed to concretize the beautiful domination of the Kiwi players. On a cross from Matthew Garbett poorly cleared by Yeltsin Tejeda, the Magpies striker deceived Keylor Navas to equalize.
A short-lived joy for the star of the All Whites. After intervention by the VAR, the referee logically refused this goal for a foul by Matthew Garbett on Duarte at the start of the action (1-0, 39th). Cruel for this New Zealand team which rushed in attack to equalize before half-time.
Navas sends Costa Rica on the road to Spain and Germany
Upon returning from the locker room, the Costa Rican defense hunkered down and was able to resist the onslaught of New Zealand. In a second act a little less rhythmic than the first, Kosta Barbarouses cracked a nasty tackle from behind.
Just entered the game to bring more offensive presence, the 32-year-old striker missed his intervention on Francisco Calvo. If the central referee first gave him a warning, the intervention of the VAR prompted the official to expel him (1-0, 67th). Again, the video allowed the Emirati referee to make the right decision.
Almost immediately, Anthony Contreras came close to scoring the break goal but the Ticos striker saw Oliver Sail make a good save. But the last word of this meeting finally returned to Keylor Navas. As well on the center of the All Whites as on a long shot from Clayton Lewis or a last attempt from Chris Wood, the Costa Rican goalkeeper was very calm.