Diplomacy on the pitch

Leave behind your grandiose speeches, your Secretaries of State, ditch your Peace Prizes and your United Nations.

The best way to make friends with another nation is with a header in the fifth minute of stoppage time in a World Cup qualifier.

Translation: With the goal at the very last moments of the game — the point of excitement at around 0:23 for the Honduran announcer — the USA yanked a win away from Costa Rica. As a result, Honduras takes third place in the qualifying group and earns an automatic bid to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. It will be the country’s second appearance.

The ol’ U.S. of A. just got a lot more popular in Tegucigalpa.

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