A draw in Jamaica on Tuesday was all that was left for Honduras to do to book their place at a second straight World Cup finals. FIFA.com takes a closer look at five key points along the qualifying way.
Stoke City's Wilson Palacios has emerged as Honduras' beating heart in their hunt for a direct qualifying spot at Brazil 2014, and he is not ready to give up any points against Costa Rica at home.
FIFA.com reviews the first two quarter-finals, which saw Javier Hernandez edge Mexico past Guatemala and Honduras triumph in the battle of Central America by overcoming Costa Rica on penalties.
With a vital penalty save from Noel Valladeres, Honduras defeated Costa Rica 4-2 on penalties at the CONCACAF Gold Cup to book their place in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
In the latest round of Group B fixtures, Honduras thrashed Grenada 7-1 while Jamaica’s 2-0 success over Guatemala sealed the Reggae Boyz a quarter-final spot.
Honduras coach Reinaldo Rueda has left Noel Valladares, Ramon Nunez and Osman Chavez out of his squad for the friendly international against Turkey.