Honduras defeated Costa Rica 4-0 in decisive fashion on Wednesday to boost their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying aspirations in the North, Central America and Caribbean region.

Carlos Costly scored twice, in the 30th minute and again in second-half injury time, while Carlos Pavon (50th) and Melvin Valladares (89th) also scored as Honduras leapt to second place in the six-nation final qualifying group in the region.

Costa Rica remain atop the group with 12 points, followed by Honduras and USA both on ten. Mexico have nine points after a 2-1 victory over the Stars and Stripes.

The top three teams advance directly to South Africa 2010, while the fourth-placed team will play off against a team from South America for a berth.