The list for Qatar is now complete. Costa Rica picked up the last of the 32 tickets for the World Cup (November 21-December 18), beating New Zealand 1-0 on Tuesday.
For their sixth World Cup in the third consecutive, the Costa Rican will join Spain, Germany and Japan in Group E, but “pretty” according to their Colombian selector Luis Fernando Suárez. The issue is on the other hand cruelly for the “Kiwis”, dominant but opposed on two occasions by video arbitration.
The domination of la Nouvelle-Zélande
“We had a chance to score a goal quickly and then we had to fight against the qualities of New Zealand, especially during the first period,” admitted Suárez, before praising the “resilience” of his men after a start. of positive qualifications.
Within the 3rd minute, former Arsenal striker Joel Campbell switched the Centraméricains’ only occasion in the first period, in the air-conditioned Ahmad ben Ali stadium in Al-Rayyan west of Doha, which will host seven meetings of the first World Cup in an Arab country. Then, in front of a widely acquired audience in Costa Rica (31st in the Fifa rankings), it was the Neo-Zealanders (101st), who made the game, with 64 % ball possession and nine shots, including three frames, in first. period.
Navas has his cages
Then, within 39 minutes, Newcastle’s Chris Wood did not refuse but the repeal, après recours to the VAR, poured the faute commise for passeur Matthew Garbett. It was then the yellow card inflicted on Kosta Barbarouses that the VAR turned red for a dangerous tackle on Francisco Calvo (69th), while the Greek -born attacker had only entered the game 8 minutes earlier.
Reduced to ten, the “Kiwis” remained offensive just before the end but failed to knock PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas down. Their selection Danny Hay, whose homes will be on the side of their third World Cup after 1982 and 2010, is “incredibly disappointed.” “I think we were by far the best team, without a doubt,” he commented, noting that Fifa had “let them fall” by choosing a referee who was not at the level.