AP, Thursday, October 15, 2009 4:30 PM
With a 1-0 victory over rivals El Salvador, Honduras qualified for its first World Cup in 28 years. The country's only previous appearance came in Spain in 1982. Honduras coach Reinaldo
was sent to the stands in the 35th minute for criticizing a foul called against one of his players. In the 64th minute, former Los Angeles Galaxy forward Carlos Pavon
scored the gamewinner off a header from a David Suazo
Helped by the U.S.'s 2-2 draw with Costa Rica, Honduras grabbed the last automatic World Cup
berth in Concacaf. Both Honduras and Costa Rica finished the qualifying competition with 16 points, but Honduras advanced on superior goal difference.
Costa Rica now faces Uruguay, the
fifth-place team in the South America region, for a home-and-away playoff series that will allow one of the teams to qualify. Costa Rica will host the first playoff leg on Nov. 14 then travel to
Uruguay four days later.
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