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Costa Rica beats US, 3-1, in World Cup qualifying

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack, and the Ticos beat the United States, 3-1, in a World Cup qualifier Friday night.

Clint Dempsey, making his 100th international appearance, converted a penalty kick in the 43d minute for the US and nearly tied the score with a 20-yard shot off a post in the 60th minute.

Avenging a March loss to the US in a Colorado snow storm, Costa Rica ended the Americans’ team-record 12-game winning streak.

The Ticos (4-1-2) moved into first place in the final round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean with 14 points, one ahead of the US (4-2-1) with three games remaining. Honduras (3-3-1) is third with 10 points after a shocking 2-1 win at Mexico (1-2-5), which is fourth with eight points. Panama (1-1-4) is another point back after being held to a 0-0 tie at home by last-place Jamaica (0-4-3).

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