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COLUMBUS, Ohio — It never mattered at the start of the qualifying for the 2022 World Cup how the U.S. men’s national team made the field of 32 in Qatar. It could be by the slimmest of margins and all that would be remembered would be how the U.S. exorcised its demons from four years earlier.

The slimmest of margins is what it took Wednesday night against Costa Rica, with a double-bounce off the post and one of the top goalkeepers in the world having to leave the match at halftime with an injury. 

Beginning the match down 1-0 only 60 seconds into the game, the Americans came back for a critical 2-1 win against Costa Rica at Lower.com Field, on goals from right back Sergino Dest in the 25th minute and a shot on target from forward Tim Weah that was credited as an own goal. 

Sergiño Dest scored the USMNT's first goal in the World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica in Columbus.

After a turnover from Costa Rica just outside the penalty area in the 66th minute, Dest passed down the flank to Weah who ripped a shot at goalkeeper Leonel Moreira. The shot first hit the post, then hit Moreira’s left side and bounced off the post again before spinning across the face of the goal and over the line. 

The USMNT’s chances for winning the game undoubtedly increased when Costa Rica starting goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who starts for one of the world’s top clubs in Paris St. Germain, was subbed off to begin the second half after an adductor injury. 

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