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Costa Rica beat New Zealand to win FIFA World Cup final


Costa Rica booked the final spot in the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament to be played later this year as they edged out New Zealand in the playoffs.

Joel Campbell was the hero by scoring Costa Rica’s only goal after just three minutes as New Zealand failed to progress to the World Cup final.

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New Zealand’s luck ran out as they were denied a goal by VAR and things turned grim after Kosta Barbarouses was sent off in the 69th minute, reducing the squad to ten men.

New Zealand put in a spirited effort but failed to score as Costa Rica held on to beat the Kiwis.

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Costa Rica have qualified for a spot in Group E of the World Cup along with Japan, Germany and Spain.

New Zealand coach Danny Hay felt disappointed after the game as he felt “one team” was “trying to put on good quality football”.

Hay felt New Zealand were the “better team”, although Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando admitted his side struggled after scoring early.

The World Cup will kick off in Qatar on November 21 and the final will be played at the Lusail Stadium in Doha on December 18.

(With agency contributions)

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