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Mexico, Canada remain unbeaten in World Cup qualifying

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Oct 13 (Reuters) – Mexico claimed a 2-0 win at El Salvador on Wednesday whereas Canada thrashed Panama 4-1 at residence as each groups remained unbeaten in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

Leaders Mexico are on 14 factors from six matches, three factors away from the United States, who beat Costa Rica 2-1. Canada, bidding to qualify for the World Cup for the primary time since 1986, are third on 10 factors.

The prime three in the eight-team group qualify mechanically for Qatar 2022 with the fourth-placed finisher going into an intercontinental playoff for an additional spot.

In San Salvador, Hector Moreno struck 31 minutes into the primary half to place Mexico forward at Estadio Cuscatlan earlier than Raul Jimenez added a second in stoppage time.

The flag-waving U.S. crowd in Columbus have been surprised when Costa Rica took the lead in simply the second minute when Keysher Fuller strolled unmarked into the penalty space and bounced a Ronald Matarrita cross previous Zack Steffen.

Sergino Dest equalised in the twenty fifth minute with a left-footed howitzer that discovered the highest nook and the United States went forward in the 66th minute, Tim Weah firing residence from shut vary.

After attracts at Mexico and Jamaica in their final two qualifiers, Canada fell behind at residence to Panama early on when Rolando Blackburn scored after 5 minutes.

But the Canadians then started to dominate and have been rewarded with an personal purpose from Panama’s Michael Murillo off an Alphonso Davies nook.

Davies then put Canada forward in the 66th minute, maintaining the ball in play on the precise touchline, weaving his approach into the penalty space round a Panama defender after which coolly ending previous the flat-footed keeper Luis Mejia.

Goals from Tajon Buchanan and Jonathan David gave the Canadians the comfy win.

“We have a strong mindset with this team,” mentioned Davies. “He (coach John Herdman) has a plan and everyone executed the plan and this just shows the talent we have on this team.”

In San Pedro Sula, Kemar Roofe and Oneil Fisher scored to present Jamaica a 2-0 victory over Honduras, the primary win of the marketing campaign for the ‘Reggae Boyz’.

Panama are fourth with eight factors adopted by Costa Rica on six, Jamaica and El Salvador on 5 and Honduras three.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Peter Rutherford

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