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Final World Cup Qualifiers for Qatar

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Final World Cup Qualifiers for Qatar

We are 160 days out from the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the participants are finally set in stone. To get more news about XemBD, you can visit official website.

Final qualifier matches were do-or-die, and World Cup berths were secured. Costa Rica clinched their spot after beating New Zealand 1-0 on Tuesday, and Australia did the same after beating Peru 1-0 in the sixth round of penalty kicks on Monday.
Costa Rica will play alongside the rest of Group E, including Spain, Germany and Japan, while Australia joins Group D with France, Denmark and Tunisia.

These matches were more than just a game for the Peruvians, Australians, Costa Ricans and New Zealanders. Despite it being two inter-continental playoffs, these battles felt more like the World Cup itself. After all, the primary goal for both clubs was simply to qualify for the opportunity to compete in November.
In the first three minutes Costa Rica experienced a dream start – thanks to a perfect corner assist from 17-year-old Jewison Bennette leading to a strike by Joel Campbell. And already, things got a whole lot harder for the All Whites.

The game intensity started to settle as the first half went on. New Zealand were dominant in shots and possession despite trailing.

New Zealand lost their last two World Cup matches and were looking to avoid a hat-trick of playoff defeats. They entered the second half with confidence until New Zealand’s Kosta Barbarouses drew himself a red card and the All Whites dropped down to 10 players.New Zealand put the pressure on Costa Rica goalie Keylor Navas, but time ran out before the All Whites could match the goal Costa Rica scored in the first three minutes.

Ranked 31st in the world and finishing fourth in the CONCACAF qualifying campaign, Costa Rica were the favorites going into today’s match, whereas New Zealand ranked 101 as the top team in the Oceania region.

Having only met once before in 2007, where Costa Rica won 4-0, the two teams were fairly new to one another. But now with the last spot in the World Cup up for grabs, this competition was going to surpass any previous run-ins between the two teams.Neither side entered today’s match riding all that high. Costa Rica dropped its CONCACAF Nations League opener to Panama 2-0, and New Zealand lost to fellow playoff opponent Peru right before the qualifying final.

Then again, Costa Ricans are considered to be a bit more of the “regulars” to the World Cup scene, qualifying for five FIFA World Cup finals (1990, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2018). After a challenging World Cup qualifying campaign leaving them fourth in the CONCACAF group, the Ticos came back to win seven of their last nine games, largely due to defensive strategy.

New Zealand won first place in Oceania’s part of the World Cup qualifiers, but this wasn’t exactly impressive considering the Kiwis couldn’t score a goal in their last two games - losing to Peru 1-0 and tying against Oman 0-0.

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