Canada must wait for World Cup spot after loss to Costa Rica

Celso Borges scored in first-half stoppage time and Costa Rica kept Canada from wrapping up its first World Cup berth in 36 years Thursday night with a 1-0 victory in CONCACAF qualifying.

Canada needs a win or a draw Sunday when it hosts Jamaica to book a spot in Qatar, while Costa Rica moved into fourth place in the CONCACAF standings with two matches remaining. Canada played with 10 men after Mark-Anthony Kaye was sent off with a red card in the 34th minute.

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With Panama's 1-1 draw with last-place Honduras earlier Thursday, Canada needed a win or a draw at Costa Rica's National Stadium in San Jose to secure a berth. Canada also could have clinched with a Mexico win over the United States, but that game ended in a scoreless draw on Thursday night.

Canada sits atop the North and Central America and the Caribbean qualifying standings with 25 points, ahead of the United States and Mexico with 22 points apiece. The U.S. has the edge on goal difference. Costa Rica has 19 points.

The top three CONCACAF finishers secure World Cup berths. The fourth-place team will face a team from Oceania in an intercontinental playoff. Borges scored on a header in the box two minutes into first-half stoppage time to to give Costa Rica the lead.

Despite dominating possession, Canada could not break through in the second half. Los Ticos were undefeated in four straight qualifying matches and have not conceded a goal.

Canada has been playing without Alphonso Davies, who missed the previous three qualifying matches because myocarditis was discovered after he caught COVID-19 un January.