The race for the 32nd and final place at Qatar 2022 comes down to Costa Rica vs New Zealand, an intercontinental World Cup playoff showdown that pits the best of Oceania against a team that seemingly loves to do things the hard way. Who will get their hands on the last golden ticket? Read on to find out how to get a Costa Rica vs New Zealand live stream today, no matter where you are in the world - including ways to watch for FREE.
It's a surprise to see Anthony Contreras, who's still searching for his first international goal, start up front instead of the comparatively prolific Johan Venegas, who's had a terrific season for Alajuelense. Luis Fernando Suárez has also opted to keep captain Bryan Ruiz in reserve, and it will be intriguing to see what happens if Los Ticos have to chase the game. Ruiz will call time on his international career if Costa Rica miss out on the World Cup, and while he's no longer the force he once was, an icon of his standing deserves a sendoff.
It's been a while since New Zealand skipper Winston Reid last played club football, and it showed in their friendly defeat to Peru at the start of the month. The former West Ham man is in the starting lineup, however, and it could be a risky selection. Marko Stamenic has looked in recent outings, and could be a very useful resource from the bench. But there's no question who the danger man is. Chris Wood starts up front, and the All Whites will be looking to feed him at every opportunity.
Date: Tuesday, June 14
Kick-off time: 9pm AST (local) / 6am NZST / 4am AEST / 7pm BST / 2pm ET / 11am PT
Venue: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Free stream: BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) (UK)
Watch from anywhere: Try ExpressVPN 100% risk-free (opens in new tab)
Costa Rica's route to the 2022 World Cup looked fairly straightforward, but an abysmal start to their CONCACAF qualification campaign soon made every game a must-win. And boy, did they step up to the plate. Suárez's men took 19 points from their last seven games, and now stand on the brink of qualification for their third successive World Cup. Former Arsenal striker Joel Campbell and goalkeeper Keylor Navas have been the main men at both ends of the pitch.
The playoffs have been an unhappy hunting ground for the All Whites, who have been on the wrong side of the last two editions. Having had precious few opportunities to test their mettle against quality opposition, they're undoubtedly the underdogs, but Danny Hay has the perfect weapon to hurt Costa Rica with. Time after time their defense has panicked under the high ball, and Wood looks poised to play a key role today.
The winner will join Germany, Spain and Japan in Group E. Follow our guide to get a Costa Rica vs New Zealand live stream and watch this 2022 World Cup playoff online from anywhere.
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How to watch Costa Rica vs New Zealand: live stream World Cup playoff for FREE
The great news for football fans based in the UK is that Costa Rica vs New Zealand is set to be shown absolutely FREE on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) and through the BBC Red Button.
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BBC iPlayer is free to watch with a valid TV licence, and works across a huge array of devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, media streaming devices like Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Roku, and PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
The Costa Rica vs New Zealand kick-off is set for 7pm BST on Tuesday evening.
How to watch Costa Rica vs New Zealand from outside your country
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How to watch Costa Rica vs All Whites: live stream World Cup playoff football in New Zealand
Sky Sport is the place to watch Costa Rica vs New Zealand in NZ, but be sure to set an early alarm, with kick-off scheduled for 6am NZST on Wednesday morning.
Sky Sport subscribers can watch the game online using the country's Sky Go service, while cord-cutters and anyone else can try the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform - where a pass costs $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month. The monthly package comes with a 7-day free trial.
How to watch Costa Rica vs New Zealand: live stream soccer in the US without cable
Costa Rica vs New Zealand kicks off at 2pm ET / 11am PT on Tuesday, and is being shown exclusively on FS2 in the US, with coverage getting underway at 2pm ET / 11am PT.
If you have the channel as part of your cable package, you can also get a Costa Rica vs New Zealand live stream directly through the Fox Sports website (opens in new tab).
How to watch Costa Rica vs New Zealand without cable
FS2 is available via the cable-cutting streamer Sling TV, as part of an $11 per month add-on to its Sling Blue package, which includes 40+ other channels, including USA Network, NFL Network and National Geographic.
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How to watch Costa Rica vs New Zealand: live stream soccer in Canada
In Canada, you can watch Costa Rica vs New Zealand on TSN, with kick-off set for 2pm ET / 11am PT on Tuesday.
If you get the channel as part of your cable deal, you'll be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to a Costa Rica vs New Zealand live stream.
If you don't have cable, you can subscribe to TSN on a streaming-only basis from CA$7.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month.
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Can I watch a Costa Rica vs New Zealand live stream in Australia?
Sadly, no broadcasters are showing the Costa Rica vs New Zealand in Australia, though that might be just as well considering the game is scheduled to kick-off at 4am AEST in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
However, if you're from another country and you have a subscription to a service that is showing the game (and you haven't been put off by that brutal kick-off time), you'll be able to tune in as you would at home with the help of a good VPN (opens in new tab).