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Eddie Hernández had headed Honduras ahead in the 66th minute, and it appeared that Costa Rica would have to put their Russian Federation plans on hold once more (La Sele had already missed one opportunity to qualify for the World Cup on their home turf during a game against Mexico on September 5). Adds video link. With AP Photos.

Here's how the Americans can seal a top-three finish on Wednesday and officially make travel plans for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next summer.

Spain had taken the lead in the 5th minute through an own goal by Brazil's Wesley.

Honduras' goalkeeper Donis Escober (C) fails to stop Waston's header.

This is the fifth time that Costa Rica has qualified for the global soccer tournament.

Costa Rica (16 points) will finish second to Mexico (21), with those as the only two CONCACAF sides to have booked their tickets to Russian Federation.

As such, defeat for United States of America and Los Canaleros dropping points is Honduras' most likely chance of automatically making it three World Cup finals in a row.

When it comes to separating the two sides locked on ten points, if Panama match Honduras' result only a five-goal swing in goal difference in favour of Los Catrachos can prevent Panama coming out on top.

The U.S. hosts Panama on Friday, trailing its visiting third-place opponent by one point and level on points with Honduras, but ahead on goal differential for the fourth spot.

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

The fourth-place nation advances to a home-and-home playoff next month against Australia or Syria.


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