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Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta (right) tries to hold off Ovidio Lanza of Honduras during their CONCACAF Gold Cup match on July 7, 2017, in Harrison, New Jersey, USA. (Photo: AFP Services)

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP

CONCACAF Qualifying -- Final Round, Matchday 9

Date: October 7, 2017 (originally scheduled for October 6, 2017)

Match: Costa Rica v Honduras

Venue: Estadio Nacional – San Jose, Costa Rica

Time: 6:00 p.m. ET

MATCH OFFICIALS

R: Cesar Ramos (Mexico)

AR1: Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)

AR2: Miguel Angel Hernandez (Mexico)

4th: Erick Miranda (Mexico)

SUSPENSIONS

Costa Rica: Francisco Calvo

Honduras: Jorge Claros, Henry Figueroa 

ALL-TIME WCQ SERIES

Honduras leads: 10W-7D-5L (38GF, 32GA)

 LAST WCQ MEETING

March 28, 2017: Honduras 1, Costa Rica 1

Antony Lozano 34’ / Kendall Waston 68’

FIVE MATCH WCQ FORM

Costa Rica: DWWDD

Honduras: DWDLD 

CONCACAF QUALIFYING RESULTS

Costa Rica (Overall record: 9W-4D-1L … 23GF, 8GA)

13.11.15 Costa Rica v Haiti 1-0 W

17.11.15 Panama v Costa Rica 1-2 W

25.03.16 Jamaica v Costa Rica 1-1 D

29.03.16 Costa Rica v Jamaica 3-0 W

02.09.16 Haiti v Costa Rica 0-1 W

06.09.16 Costa Rica v Panama 3-1 W

11.11.16 Trinidad & Tobago v Costa Rica 0-2 W

15.11.16 Costa Rica v USA 4-0 W

24.03.17 Mexico v Costa Rica 2-0 L

28.03.17 Honduras v Costa Rica 1-1 D

08.06.17 Costa Rica v Panama 0-0 D

13.06.17 Costa Rica v Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 W

01.09.17 USA v Costa Rica 0-2 W

05.09.17 Costa Rica v Mexico 1-1 D

Honduras (Overall record: 4W-5D-5L … 15GF, 22GA)

13.11.15 Canada v Honduras 1-0 L

17.11.15 Honduras v Mexico 0-2 L

25.03.16 El Salvador v Honduras 2-2 D

29.03.16 Honduras v El Salvador 2-0 W

02.09.16 Honduras v Canada 2-1 W

06.09.16 Mexico v Honduras 0-0 D

11.11.16 Honduras v Panama 0-1 L

15.11.16 Honduras v Trinidad & Tobago 3-1 W

24.03.17 USA v Honduras 6-0 L

28.03.17 Honduras v Costa Rica 1-1 D

08.06.17 Mexico v Honduras 3-0 L

13.06.17 Panama v Honduras 2-2 D

01.09.17 Trinidad & Tobago v Honduras 1-2 W

05.09.17 Honduras v USA 1-1 D

CONCACAF QUALIFYING SCORERS 

Costa Rica: Christian Bolaños, Marco Ureña (4); Bryan Ruiz (3); Joel Campbell, Ronald Matarrita, Johan Venegas (2); Johnny Acosta, Randall Azofeifa, Celso Borges, Francisco Calvo, Cristian Gamboa, Kendall Waston (1) 

Honduras: Romell Quioto (5); Alberth Elis (3); Antony Lozano (2); Oscar Garcia, Eddie Hernandez, Emilio Izaguirre, Alexander Lopez, Mario Martinez (1)

QUICK NOTES

Costa Rica (Hexagonal: 2nd place … 4W-3D-1L; 12GF, 5GA)

- Qualifies for 2018 FIFA World Cup with draw v Honduras

- Conceded one goal or fewer in 13 of 14 WCQs

- Marco Ureña has scored team’s last three WCQ goals

- One of three teams to reach all six Hexagonal editions (Mexico and USA are the others)

- Completed Hexagonal play in first place once (2002)

- Holds record for most points in a single Hexagonal (23 in 2002)

- Qualified for four FIFA World Cups (1990, 2002, 2006, 2014), advancing as far as the quarterfinals in 2014, before falling to the Netherlands on penalty kicks (4-3), after a scoreless draw

Honduras (Hexagonal: 5th place … 2W-3D-3L; 9GF, 16GA)

- Unbeaten in last three WCQs, after going winless in previous three

- Conceded only two goals in last two WCQs, after allowing 12 in previous four outings

- Never won more than five games in three previous Hexagonal appearances

- Earned 2017 Copa Centroamericana title by finishing atop six-team table with 4W-1D-0L record.

- Qualified for three FIFA World Cups, including the last two (1982, 2010, 2014)

ONE MORE THING…

This is the fourth meeting between Costa Rica and Honduras this year.  Here are the results of the previous games

January 20, 2017: Copa Centroamericana – Final

Honduras 1, Costa Rica 1

Erick Andino 17’ / Francisco Calvo 59’ 

March 28, 2017: World Cup Qualifying – CONCACAF Final Round

Honduras 1, Costa Rica 1

Antony Lozano 34’ / Kendall Waston 68’

July 7, 2017: CONCACAF Gold Cup

Honduras 0, Costa Rica 1

Marco Ureña 39’

 
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