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CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico cruises past Canada and more

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While draws were a common result on Friday, several teams picked up crucial victories in CONCACAF’s fourth round of World Cup qualifying.

A total of 16 goals were scored across the six matches played yesterday, with Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago breaking out for three goals each. El Tri was paced by Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s return to the team, after impressing this club season with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

A pair of draws in Group B provides each of the four sides with hope of advancing to the Hex, although Costa Rica remains a favorite to top the group.

Here is a closer look at the most recent results in CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying campaign:

CHICHARITO STARTS MEXICO’S ROUT OF CANADA

While Canada defended admirably for the opening half hour, Mexico’s high-powered offense proved to be too much for the home team. El Tri mustered up a flurry of attacks on their way to a 3-0 victory over the Canadians.

Chicharito opened the scoring for Mexico in the 31st minute, with Hirving Lozano doubling its lead just eight minutes later. The team added a third goal in the second half by way of Jesus Corona, keeping Mexico’s unbeaten qualifying run alive.

El Tri has looked quite impressive in the fourth round, having scored eight goals in three games and having yet to concede a finish.

LATE GOAL GIVES EL SALVADOR POINT AGAINST HONDURAS

Nelson Bonilla’s late goal gave El Salvador its second draw of qualifying, and in the process spoiled Honduras’ evening.

The two sides drew 2-2 in a back-and-forth match on Friday. Alberth Elis opened the scoring for Honduras in the 19th minute, before El Salvador equalized just before the halftime break.

It was then Anthony Lozano who put Los Catrachos back in front in the second half, before Bonilla stole a point for El Salvador in the dying moments.

HAITI EARNS FIRST POINT IN SCORELESS DRAW VS. PANAMA

It won’t be the result that the Haitians wanted, but it’s a start.

Les Grenadiers played to a 0-0 draw against Panama, giving Haiti its first point in Group B play. In the process, Haiti also disrupted Panama’s plans of separating itself in the group, especially given the result between Jamaica and Costa Rica.

Neither side was able to find a rhythm offensively, with both teams each just managing two shots on target.

JAMAICA, COSTA RICA PLAY TO DRAW

Despite Costa Rica’s tremendous pressure, Jamaica was able to steal a point in its 1-1 tie.

The Reggae Boyz managed just one shot on the night, and thankfully for them, it just so happened to be a goal. Je-Vaughan Watson’s 16th-minute header gave the Jamaicans the early lead, before Johnny Acosta equalized for the Ticos in the second 45 minutes.

The result doesn’t hurt either team, particularly Costa Rica, who remains unbeaten in qualifying.

GARCIA BRACE PUSHES TRINIDAD PAST ST. VINCENT

Myron Samuel opened the scoring for St. Vincent on Friday afternoon from the penalty spot, and it appeared that his side could have enough to earn its first points of the fourth round of qualifying.

That wasn’t the case, though, when Trinidadian Levi Garcia took the match over in the second half, guiding his side to a 3-2 victory.

Garcia replaced Daneil Cyrus after the half, immediately giving the away side a spark. The AZ Alkmaar attacker notched a pair of finishes in the 71st and 82nd minutes, respectively, rescuing T&T from any potential embarrassment.

Through three matches in Round 4, St. Vincent has conceded 13 goals, the most of any CONCACAF team.

STANDINGS

GROUP A

1. Mexico (9 points | 3-0-0 | 8 Goals For | 0 Goals Against)
2. Canada (4 points | 1-1-1 | 1 Goal For | 3 Goals Against)
3. El Salvador (2 points | 0-2-1 | 2 Goals For | 5 Goals Against)
4. Honduras (1 point | 0-1-2 | 2 Goals For | 5 Goals Against)

GROUP B

1. Costa Rica (7 points | 2-1-0 | 4 Goals For | 2 Goals Against)
2. Panama (4 points | 1-1-1 | 3 Goals For | 2 Goals Against)
3. Jamaica (4 points | 1-1-1 | 2 Goals For | 3 Goals Against)
4. Haiti (1 point | 0-1-2 | 0 Goals For | 2 Goals Against)

GROUP C

1. Trinidad & Tobago (7 points | 2-1-0 | 5 Goals For | 3 Goals Against)
2. Guatemala (6 points | 2-0-1 | 7 Goals For | 2 Goals Against)
3. United States (4 points | 1-1-1 | 6 Goals For | 3 Goals Against)
4. St. Vincent and the Grenadines (0 points | 0-0-3 | 3 Goals For | 13 Goals Against)

Which team will emerge with Mexico in Group A? Can St. Vincent find their first point of qualifying?

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Comments

  1. This is the Mexico that it’s fans recognize. Playing attractive, attacking football. And even though Canada is not on anyone’s list of teams they’d like to avoid, they sure are better than many others in Concacaf. Mexico has shown grit against a tough regional group and is now, without a doubt, the reigning power in the region.

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  2. What was up with that game being played on artificial turf? Does Canada not have green grass suitable for football? Why more and more things in the world we live in are fake and artificial? Football is meant to be played on real grass. I just did what I usually do when I see a game being played on fake turf – switched the channel…

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