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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying: Larin goal gives Canada edge vs. Haiti, El Salvador rolls


CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying resumed on Saturday night, with six teams vying for the final three places in the final octagonal round on the road to the 2022 World Cup.

Canada was one of the nations in action, grabbing a good road win in the first leg of its series via a Cyle Larin goal. El Salvador and Panama were also triumphant, with the former winning in lopsided fashion while the latter prevailed by a narrow margin.

Here is a closer look at Saturday’s Concacaf World Cup qualifying action:

St. Kitts and Nevis 0, El Salvador 4

(David Rugamas 3′ 27′, Josh Perez 20′, Darwin Ceren (penalty) 64′)

El Salvador is all but through to the final eight after David Rugamas, the top scorer in this cycle’s qualifying so far, added two more goals. Former U.S. Men’s National Team prospect Joshua Perez scored his second goal since switching to El Salvador.

Haiti 0, Canada 1

(Cyle Larin 14′)

Canada received a vital 14th-minute away goal from Cyle Larin to claim a road win in the first leg of its series against Haiti. Larin scored by redirecting a cross that came across Haiti goalkeeper Johnny Placide.

Canada earned an important advantage in securing an away goal heading into Tuesday’s home leg.

Panama 2, Curacao 1

(Alberto Quintero 55′, Cecilio Waterman 77′) — (Rangelo Janga 87′)

Goals from Alberto Quintero and Cecilio Waterman saw Panama earn an advantage in the home leg of this tie. Curacao put late pressure on Panama with a goal from Rangelo Janga. The away goal for Curacao may prove important when Curacao hosts Tuesday’s second leg.

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