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Costa Rica have booked their place at next summer's World Cup finals after a 1-1 draw against Honduras - thanks to an injury-time equaliser which sparked wild celebrations. One of those three teams will face either Syria or Australia for a place in the World Cup.
A powerful header from Eddie Hernandez put Honduras in front in the 66th minute in the World Cup qualifier in San Jose, in a clash pushed back a day due to Tropical Storm Nate.
Spain had taken the lead in the 5th minute through an own goal by Brazil's Wesley. 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 became the second member of the world Cup from the CONCACAF zone.
After coming from behind to tie 1-1, Costa Rica, with 16 points, joins Mexico (21) in advancing from the North and Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) region with three final matches to play on Tuesday.
The U.S.is at 12 points following its 4-0 win Friday over Panama and would qualify with a win at Trinidad on the final night of the hexagonal.
That result leaves Honduras trailing fourth-placed Panama on goal difference ahead of their home match against Mexico on Tuesday. A seven- and 12-goal lead on each side means a U.S. draw would technically give hope to the chasing pair, but only a slim one.
In addition, the USA could qualify with a loss if Panama and Honduras both fail to win on Tuesday.
The Americans would be eliminated only if they lose and Panama and Honduras both win. They beat Greece on penalty kicks to reach the quarterfinals, where they lost to the Netherlands in a shootout.