Mexico wins and continues to lead, United States come back, Jamaica and Canada triumph

Without showing much more than a goal from Héctor Moreno in the first half and a penalty converted by Raúl Jiménez in the throes of agony Mexico won 2-0 on Wednesday during his visit to El Salvador, to lead the World Cup qualifier next year alone .

“They didn’t create goal situations for us and we ended up winning fairly,” said Mexico coach Gerardo Martino.

At 30 minutes, a corner kick led to the first goal for the visitors, who took advantage of the aerial game. Moreno, the central defender of Monterrey executed an accurate header to the second post to beat goalkeeper Mario González, who remained immobile.

Martino stressed that Mexico started the game well, “controlling the dynamic game, controlling the ball well and then there were a series of interruptions.”

United States 2, Costa Rica 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio, USA (AP) – Seconds after the kickoff, Costa Rica celebrated and the United States looked close to another derailment in the tie.

Two young people who did not experience the failure of four years ago were in charge of clarifying the panorama.

Costa Rica opened the scoring in just the first minute, but the United States managed to come back on Wednesday to win 2-1, provisionally at the top of the 2022 World Cup tie.

Keysher Fuller scored the locker room goal, taking advantage of a great cross from Ronald Matarrita and defeating goalkeeper Zack Steffen with a powerful right hand inside the area.

But Sergiño Dest equalized at 25 with a great goal. The Barcelona right-back controlled a ball in the vicinity of the area and unloaded a warped left-foot that nestled in the angle of the goal defended by Keylor Navas, who had to leave the match during the break, due to a pull on the right adductor.

He was replaced by Leonel Moreira, who ended up deflecting Tim Weah’s shot into his own goal for an own goal in the 66th minute.

Jamaica 2, Honduras 0

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) – Jamaica reached Honduras, grabbed three valuable points and sank a harmless catracha team to the bottom of the playoff table who did little to avoid a 2-0 defeat on Wednesday.

Kemar Roofe scored the first goal in the 37th minute and Oniel Fisher closed the score in the 78th minute, causing the nearly 20,000 fans at the San Pedro Sula Olympic Stadium to go silent.

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Those led by coach Theodore Whitmore were better for most of the match, managing to neutralize the arrivals of Honduran attackers Alberth Elis, on the right, and Brayan Moya, on the left.

In the second half, the Uruguayan coach of the locals Fabián Coito made several changes with the intention of giving the game another direction, but the Jamaicans stopped well on the ground and managed to keep their goal at zero.

“What is happening to us is unfortunate. The ball doesn’t want to go in no matter how much effort we make, ”Honduran center forward Eddie Hernández said at the end of the game.

In six disputed dates, Honduras could barely score two goals, one of them from a penalty. She was last in the final octagonal of the CONCACAF tie against Qatar 2022 with three points.

Canada 4, Panama 1

TORONTO (AP) – Panama took the lead before an own goal marked the beginning of Wednesday’s debacle, a 4-1 win in their visit to Canada, which pushed them out of the last direct qualifying spot for the World Cup.

“We knew that Canada was going to be one of the most difficult games because of their strength in attack,” said Panama coach Thomas Christiansen, visibly upset. “We have to learn from mistakes.”

Ronaldo Blackburn put the visitors ahead in just five minutes. Michael Murillo made a terrific off-hook down the right wing before lavishing a cross for the Bolivian Strongest striker to simply push the ball into the nets.

Belgium’s Anderlecht defender Murillo went from hero to villain in the 28th minute, when he scored on his own goal.

And in a 12-minute stretch of the complement, the hosts sentenced the beating at BMO Field in Toronto.

Alphonso Davies scored in the 66th minute, after taking a ball from defender Harold Cummings over the line to line the area and beat Mejía. The Panamanian thought that the ball had come out.

“When we were better in the second half, they put us 2-1 after a significant deconcentration,” Christiansen lamented.

It was Davies’ tenth goal, in his 28th game with the Canadian team.

Tajon Buchanan made it 3-1 at 71 and Jonathan David achieved the final figures at 78.

 

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