Bolanos celebration - Costa Rica

Bolaños bags brace for Costa Rica in 3-1 win over Panama

David Edgar wasn’t the only Vancouver Whitecaps FC player who scored for his country on Tuesday night. Over in San Jose, Costa Rica, Christian Bolaños scored a pair of goals as Costa Rica put an exclamation mark on their World Cup Qualifying round with a 3-1 win over Panama.

The ‘Caps midfielder, who represented his country at the 2006 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments, scored Costa Rica’s first two goals in the 19th and 79th minutes.

Bolaños’ Whitecaps FC and Costa Rican teammate Kendall Waston did not appear in the match, while Vancouver’s Panamanian striker Blas Perez played 14 minutes as a sub.

Costa Rica and Panama had both already secured their berths in the Hex heading into Tuesday’s contest. It was a dominant round for Costa Rica, who finished with an undefeated 5W-0L-1D record and a +8 goal differential. 

Joining Costa Rica and Panama in the Hex, the final round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the CONCACAF region, will be Mexico, the U.S., Trinidad & Tobago, and Honduras.

The Hex will begin in November of this year and run through October 2017.

The top three finishers advance directly to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, while the fourth-placed team will face a team from the Asian Football Confederation in a playoff.

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Qualifiers - CONCACAF HEXAGONAL SCHEDULE
Match day 1 - Friday, November 11, 2016
USA vs. Mexico
Honduras vs. Panama
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Costa Rica
Match day 2 - Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Costa Rica vs. USA
Panama vs. Mexico
Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Match day 3 - Friday, March 24, 2017
USA vs. Honduras
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama
Mexico vs. Costa Rica
Match day 4 - Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Panama vs. USA
Honduras vs. Costa Rica
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico
Match day 5 - Wednesday, June 7 or Thursday, June 8, 2017 TBD*
USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago
Costa Rica vs. Panama
Mexico vs. Honduras
Match day 6 - Sunday, June 11 or Monday, June 12, 2017, TBD*
Mexico vs. USA
Panama vs. Honduras
Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Match day 7 - Friday, September 1, 2017
USA vs. Costa Rica
Mexico vs. Panama
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Honduras
Match day 8 - Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Honduras vs. USA
Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Costa Rica vs. Mexico
Match day 9 -  Friday, October 6, 2017
USA vs. Panama
Costa Rica vs. Honduras
Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Match day 10 (*matches kickoff simultaneously) -  Friday, October 10, 2017
Trindad & Tobago vs. USA
Panama vs. Costa Rica
Honduras vs. Mexico

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