SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Costa Rica beat Trinidad & Tobago 4-0 on Saturday to put itself in position to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
Alvaro Saborio scored two goals and Walter Centeno added another, while Radanfa Abubakr's own-goal opened the scoring at the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium as new coach Rene Simoes made a winning debut.
Costa Rica moved into third -- and the last automatic qualifying place -- with 15 points.
Costa Rica can secure its third straight trip to the finals to be played in South Africa with a win against the already-qualified United States on Wednesday.
Trinidad & Tobago, last in the North, Central America and Caribbean group, finished with 10 men after Julius James was given a red card following Saborio's pair.