Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Costa Rica triumph again, USA end long wait

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Costa Rica lived up to their billing as the region’s leading futsal side by winning their fourth Concacaf title, and third in a row, in the discipline. The victory earned them a place at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™, where they will head a quartet of contenders from their region.

Los Ticos took the title with a victory in the final over the USA, who enjoyed their best performance in the competition since 2004 when they were champions. The Stars and Stripes can now look forward to their first World Cup since Brazil 2008.

Just like four years ago, the podium was completed by hosts Guatemala, who got the better of Panama in the match for third place, in the process ensuring a fourth consecutive appearance at the global event. Los Canaleros, for their part, will be participating in their third consecutive edition.

Neither Mexico, who graced Thailand 2012, nor Cuba, who were at Colombia 2016, could secure a return to the world stage. The tournament’s surprise package were Suriname, who, on their third attempt, finally made it past the group stage before going out in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Costa Rica.

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