Uruguay Clinches Last World Cup Slot
Uruguay managed a draw with Costa Rica Wednesday, November 18 and took the two-leg playoff 2-1 on aggregate enabling them to clinch the last of the 32 nation team slots for the 19th FIFA World Cup next year in South Africa.
Uruguay, host of the very first FIFA World Cup in 1930, had previously won the tournaments twice, during its hosting stint in 1930 and again in 1950. Costa Rica was trying to reach the finals for the third time.
Uruguay took the lead during the 69th minute courtesy of Sebastian Abreu but Costa Rica equalized four minutes later when Walter Centeno shot home from close to the penalty spot.
Nerves continued to rattle as the game was stopped for a few minutes near the end of the game after an argument between an Uruguayan camera crew positioned near the Costa Rican bench.
Only 7 nations had won the world cup, England (of the United Kingdom), France, Uruguay, Argentina, West Germany (now just Germany), Italy and record holder Brazil (5 times).