Costa Rica beat New Zealand in playoff to take final spot at 2022 World Cup | World Cup 2022 qualifiers

Costa Rica beat New Zealand 1-0 in the final intercontinental playoff to complete the 32 finalists who will play in this year’s World Cup finals in Qatar.

In Doha, Los Ticos took an early lead that they kept until the final whistle when Joel Campbell scored after three minutes. The former Arsenal player, now with Monterrey in Mexico, converted a cross after great work from the teenager Jewison Bennette down the left flank.

New Zealand fought back and had much of the pressure in the first half. The Newcastle striker Chris Wood had the ball in the net in the 39th minute, only for VAR to…

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