- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Costa Rica, on track to qualify for the Women’s World Cup for the first time, wrapped up group play Tuesday with a 6-1 win over Martinique in the CONCACAF championship.

Fabiola Sanchez, Carolina Venegas and Wendy Acosta scored in the first half, and Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno tallied twice in the second half. Venegas capped the Costa Rica scoring with a spectacular 90th-minute bicycle kick on a rainy evening at RFK Stadium.

Costa Rica had already clinched first place in Group B with wins over Mexico and Jamaica. Las Ticas will face Group A runner-up Trinidad and Tobago on Friday in the semifinals at the Philadelphia Union’s stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

The top three teams will qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Canada, while the fourth-place finisher will face Ecuador in a playoff.

Costa Rica usually has been on the fringes of qualifying for World Cups and Olympics, a few notches in quality below the United States, Canada and Mexico and a notch or two above everyone else in the CONCACAF region.

This is its best chance yet. Canada is exempt from qualifying as the host nation, and there are extra spots available because the World Cup has expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

Martinique lost all three games in the tournament and was outscored 22-1, its only goal coming on Prisca Carin’s header in the 62nd minute. Martinique is not eligible for the World Cup because it is not a member of world governing body FIFA.

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