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Costa Rica seal World Cup spot after 1-1 draw

Costa Rica seal World Cup spot after 1-1 draw

Germany and Costa Rica both commit a number of mistakes during their Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup encounter on Friday, but both the coaches were not ready to put knife to their throat for committing.

The match had been postponed by 24 hours after heavy rainfall, and a 66th minute goal from Eddie Hernandez for Honduras may have also delayed Costa Rican celebrations.

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. "Still developing their game so they are bound to commit mistakes", said Costa Rica coach Breansse Camacho, who saw his team concede both the goals through a mistake committed by his defenders.

The U.S. hosts Panama on Friday, trailing its visiting third-place opponent by one point and level on points with Honduras, but ahead on goal differential for the fourth spot.

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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. Panama and Honduras have 10 points each.

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.

The fourth-place nation advances to a home-and-home playoff next month against Australia or Syria. They must now hope to beat already-qualified Mexico and hope both Panama and the United States lose.

At the 2014 tournament in Brazil, Costa Rica opened with wins over Uruguay and Italy, then tied England.