Action from the intercontinental playoff for a place in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup between Ecuador and host Trinidad & Tobago (red jersey) on December 2, 2014, at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. (Photo: Allan V. Crane)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago -- Ecuador secured the 24th and final berth for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, striking late to defeat host Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 on Tuesday in an intercontinental playoff at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
From 10-yards out, Monica Quinteros headed home a left-sided free kick for the two-legged series’ only goal one minute into second-half stoppage time.
Trinidad, the Caribbean champion and fourth-place finisher at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, had multiple opportunities to take the initial lead. The best chance was generated by Kennya Cordner, whose bicycle kick hit the crossbar in the 60th minute.
Four teams will now represent CONCACAF at Saturday’s Women’s World Cup draw in Ottawa: Canada (host), United States (CONCACAF champion), Costa Rica (runner-up) and Mexico (third place).