October 13 (Hfrance.fr) - Mexico won 2-0 in El Salvador on Wednesday while Canada beat Panama 4- 1 at home while both teams remained unbeaten in qualCONCACAF ifications for the 2022 World Cup.
Mexico have 14 points in six matches, three points ahead of the United States, who beat Costa Rica 2-1. Canada, which aims to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986, is third with 10 points.
The top three of the group eight teams automatically qualify for Qatar 2022, the fourth-seeded competing in the intercontinental qualifiers for another place.
In San Salvador, Hector Moreno scored 31 minutes later the start of the first half to put Mexico in the lead at Estadio Cuscatlan before Raul Jimenez added a second in stopping time.
The American flag-waving crowd in Columbus were stunned when Costa Rica took the lead in the second minute when Keysher Fuller walked aroundwithout a mark in the penalty area and rebounded a Ronald Matarrita cross in front of Zack Steffen.
Sergino Dest equalized in the 25th minute with a howitzer from the left foot which found the top corner and the United States took the lead in the 66th minute, Tim Weah shooting at point blank range.
After draws against Mexico and Jamaica in their last two qualifying games, Canada fell behind at home against Panama when Rolando Blackburn scored after five minutes.
But the Canadians then started to dominate and were rewarded with a home goal from Panama's Michael Murillo from a corner from Alphonso Davies.
Davies then gave Canada the advantage in the 66th minute, keeping the ball in play on the straight touchline, slipping into the penalty area around a defender paNamibia, then finishing coldly ahead of flat-footed goalkeeper Luis Mejia.
Goals from Tajon Buchanan and Jonathan David gave the Canadians a comfortable victory.
"We have a strong mindset with this team, " Davies said. "He (Coach John Herdman) has a plan and everyone executed the plan and it just shows the talent we have in this team.
In San Pedro Sula, Kemar Roofe and Oneil Fisher scored to give Jamaica a 2-0 victory over Honduras, the campaign's first victory for the 'Reggae Boyz '.
Panama is fourth with eight points, followed by Costa Rica with six points, Jamaica and El Salvador with five points, and Honduras three. Report by Steve Keating in Toronto. Edited by Peter Rutherford
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