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2022 World Cup: Final spot confirmed

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Costa Rica became the 32nd country to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Joel Campbell’s early goal was enough for his country to reach a third successive tournament as they defeated 10-man New Zealand 1-0 in their intercontinental playoff on Tuesday.

The former Arsenal striker scored in the 3rd minute to slot in a cross from Jewison Bennette.

New Zealand had an equaliser ruled out by VAR for a foul in the build-up to Chris Wood putting the ball in the back of the net in the 39th minute.

A VAR check also led to a 69th-minute red card for Kosta Barbarouses, leaving the Kiwis down to 10 men.

Costa Rica will play in Group E at Qatar 2022 alongside Germany, Japan and Spain.

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