El Mundial

In the back of the net

It’s a cry that’s been heard around the world this past week, ‘El mundial, el mundial, el mundial’ or the local language’s equivalent to it. Costa Rica qualified in the 94th minute of their game after equalising against Honduras, reducing one Honduran to furiously punching the dugout at the points dropped. Egypt scored the winner in the 95th minute, a penalty, in front of 100,000 first terror stricken and then ecstatic home supporters. Panama didn’t need additional time, and will be competing at their first ever World Cup – having cruelly missed out after a late U.S.A equaliser denied them a playoff against New Zealand in 2013. Mexico took their place. You remember.

New Zealand’s focus this time was on the CONMEBOL Qualifying group, and the battle for (and to avoid) fifth place and the inter-confederation playoff against the All Whites next month. Two years and eighty five games in…

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