Trinidad and Tobago’s World Cup chances look slim now after another defeat.
Celso Borges scored twice, including the winner in the 68th minute, to lift Costa Rica to a 3-2 victory over the Soca Warriors in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
The victory at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago keeps Costa Rica on top of the six-team qualifying group from North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Costa Rica has 12 points in five matches. Trinidad and Tobago have only two and are almost certain not to qualify for South Africa 2010.
The top three teams from the region advance automatically to next year’s World Cup. The No.4 team faces a playoff with the No.5 from South America for another berth.
Carlos Edwards gave the Trinis a 1-0 lead in the 30th, but Costa Rica rebounded with strikes from Alvaro Saborio in the 41st and Borges in the 52nd. Colin Samuels leveled for Trinidad in the 64th, setting the stage for Borges’ winner.
Costa Rica defeated the United States 3-1 on Wednesday. Trinidad and Tobago are away to Mexico on Wednesday.