2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off)

The 2010 FIFA World Cup CONCACAFCONMEBOL qualification play-off were a series of two-legged home-and-away ties between the fourth-placed team of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, Costa Rica, and the fifth-placed team from the South American qualifying tournament, Uruguay.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Event2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
on aggregate
First leg
Date14 November 2009
VenueEstadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José
RefereeAlberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
21 °C (70 °F)[1]
Second leg
Date18 November 2009
VenueEstadio Centenario, Montevideo
RefereeMassimo Busacca (Switzerland)
WeatherParty cloudy
20 °C (68 °F)[2]

The games were played on 14 and 18 November 2009. In the first leg, held in San José, Uruguay beat Costa Rica 1–0, while in the second leg played at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, both teams tied 1–1. Uruguay won the series 2–1 on aggregate and qualified for the 2010 World Cup.


It was the third consecutive FIFA World Cup play-off that Uruguay has participated in after 3–1 on aggregate win over Australia for Korea/Japan 2002 and losing to Australia 4–2 on penalties for Germany 2006.

The draw for the order in which the two matches would be played was held on 2 June 2009 during the FIFA Congress in Nassau, The Bahamas.[3]


Estadio Ricardo Saprissa (left) and Estadio Centenario, venues for the series

Match detailsEdit

First legEdit

First leg
Costa Rica  0–1  Uruguay
Report Lugano   21'

Second legEdit

Second leg
Uruguay  1–1  Costa Rica
Abreu   70' Report Centeno   74'

Broadcasting rightsEdit



  1. ^ "History for Juan Santamaría Intl. Airport, Costa Rica". wunderground.com. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  2. ^ "History for Carrasco Intl. Airport, Uruguay". wunderground.com. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  3. ^ Intercontinental play-off dates confirmed