Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Qualifier between Costa Rica and Honduras postponed because of storm

Costa Rica and other Central American nations have been hit by tropical storm Nate. More Costa Rica and other Central American nations have been hit by tropical storm Nate. More
Spencer Simpson | 09 October, 2017, 00:32

Costa Rica is officially going to the 2018 World Cup.

The chances of Honduras to hit the main event of the 2018 World Cup in connection with the defeat of Panama increased slightly.

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. 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.

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

Costa Rica have 16 points and are second in the final round of North and Central American and Caribbean region qualification, behind Mexico, who have 21 points and clinched a World Cup berth last month. Panama is in fourth place with 10 points; Honduras also has 10 points, but Panama has the advantage on Honduras on goal differential.

As such, defeat for US and Los Canaleros dropping points is Honduras' most likely chance of automatically making it three World Cup finals in a row.

CONCACAF's six-nation final round of qualifying concludes on Tuesday, when the United States travels to Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras hosts Mexico and Panama hosts Costa Rica. A seven- and 12-goal lead on each side means a United States draw would technically give hope to the chasing pair, but only a slim one.

In Europe, Cristiano Ronaldo scored and helped Portugal win an eighth straight game - althought it still could fail to qualify.

The Socceroos will be trying to advance to the next stage of the playoffs when they play Syria in Sydney on Tuesday night.

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

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