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The 1-1 draw was enough for Costa Rica to clinch a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC centre back had a flare for the dramatic, heading home the tying goal for Costa Rica in Saturday's World Cup qualifying match against Honduras.

In a match postponed a day because of a tropical storm, Eddie Hernandez's header from Romell Quioto's cross put Honduras ahead in the 66th minute.

Waston, who appeared like a giant, a head taller than the other players grouped in front of the goal, with one minute to go to official end the game, when the fans, at the stadium, at home, wherever, perhaps even the players themselves, had lost the hope of celebrating the World Cup 2018 qualifications, Kendall jumped up, smacked the ball with is forehead, a bullet into the Honduras net.

A draw would be enough for the qualify unless Honduras defeats visiting Mexico by at least 12 goals or Panama beats visiting Costa Rica by at least seven or eight goals, the needed margin depending on whether it overcomes its deficit to the total goals, now nine.

As such, defeat for US and Los Canaleros dropping points is Honduras' most likely chance of automatically making it three World Cup finals in a row. Panama and Honduras have 10 points each.

The Socceroos will be trying to advance to the next stage of the playoffs when they play Syria in Sydney on Tuesday night. Both teams are fighting for a direct spot in the next World Cup and will be looking to obtain the three points from this game.

Bryan Ruiz, captain for the second in row World Cup qualification set up the goal with his familiar magic.

In addition, the USA could qualify with a loss if Panama and Honduras both fail to win on Tuesday.

While Portugal was laboring to beat Andorra 2-0, using its superstar as a substitute, Group B leader Switzerland's 5-2 win over visiting Hungary ran its own win streak to nine.

France's third-minute goal in Bulgaria was enough for a 1-0 win to retain the Group A lead by one point from Sweden, which earlier routed Luxembourg 8-0.

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