Uruguay grabs final World Cup berth

Published Nov. 19, 2009 2:14 a.m. ET

Uruguay claimed the final spot in next year's 32-team World Cup in South Africa by drawing with Costa Rica 1-1 to take the two-leg playoff 2-1 on aggregate on Wednesday.

Substitute Sebastian Abreu gave Uruguay a 1-0 lead on a header in the 70th minute, and Walter Centeno leveled in the 74th on a 16-meter strike. Uruguay won the first match 1-0 on Saturday in Costa Rica.