Costa Rica join group of six

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Jamaica Gleaner

CARTAGO, Costa Rica (AP)—Costa Rica defeated Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 on Saturday evening to advance to the next round of the World Cup race within the North, Central American and Caribbean Soccer Federation.

Costa Rica became the sixth and final team to advance. It will join Mexico, Jamaica, El Salvador, the United States and Canada in the fight next year for three CONCACAF berths in the World Cup tournament in France.

The Costa Rica victory also assured that the Guatemalans would be left behind. Guatemala tied the United States 2-2 in a separate qualifying match played on Saturday evening in San

The United States led the first-round standings of Group 1 CONCACAF play with 13 points, followed by Costa Rica with 12. Guatemala with 7 and Trinidad and Tobago with 1 point.

Trinidad and Tobago scored first off the foot of Jerren Nixon in the seventh minute. Costa Rica's Pablo Wanchope tied it up with a goal in the 49th minute and then sealed victory for the Central Americans by scoring in the 60th minute.

The play under a constant drizzle was marred by roughness.

Stokely Mason of Trinidad earned a red card for elbowing Costa Rica's Roy Myers. Then Sebastiao Araujo, a Brazilian playing for the Trinidad squad, was caught going on to the field to talk strategy — and expelled.

Already eliminated before entering the match, the Trinidad squad had nothing to lose, masterminding sporadic attacks that threw Costa Rica off balance. Nonetheless, the Costa Ricans clearly had the momentum, unleashing frequent attacks spearheaded by forwards Hernan Medford and Wanchope.

LINE-UPS: TRINIDAD and TOBAGO: Ross Russell, Alvin Thomas (Stokely Mason), Marvin Andrews, Ancil Elcock, Marvin Faustin, Richard Theodore, Hutson Charles, Lyndon Andrews (Terry St. Louis), Jerren Nixon, Angus Eve, Stern John.

COSTA RICA: Erick Lonnis, Javier Delgado, Alexander Madrigal, Ronald Gonzalez, Luis Marin, Oscar Ramirez (Jafet Soto), Roy Myres, Mauricio Solis, Wilmer Lopez, Hernan Medford (Allan Oviedo) and Pablo Wanchope (Norman Gomez).