The Mexican team of soccer regained the lead in the tie of the Concacaf after thrashing Honduras 3-0 on Sunday on the fifth day of the octagonal that defines the guests of the area for the 2022 World Cup.
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With the victory, Mexico reached 11 points in the first place of the octagonal that grants three direct quotas for the Qatar World Cup.
The fourth will have to play an intercontinental playoff in June 2022.
The United States and Panama escort Mexico with eight units, followed by Canada with seven, Costa Rica with six, El Salvador with five, Honduras with three and Jamaica with two.
The team led by Argentine Gerardo “Tata” Martino dominated the match played at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City and scored the first goal in the 17th minute when Sebastián Córdova defined from the right inside the area after a series of rebounds.
Mexico came close to increasing their lead in the 20th minute with a header from Raúl Jiménez that hit the post.
Honduras was left with one man less in the 49th minute due to the expulsion of captain Maynor Figueroa, who saw the red card after committing a strong foul on Jiménez.
Mexico scored the second goal in the 76th minute when Rogelio Funes Mori defined from the right inside the area after Edson Álvarez slammed his shot into the right post.
El “Tri” closed the account at 86 minutes with a shot from Hirving Lozano, who hit the ball hitting the left post after making a wall move with Orbelín Pineda.
Panama joins the fight
The Panama team entered the fight for one of the direct tickets to the World Cup after winning 1-0 against the United States with a goal from Aníbal Godoy, who in the 53rd minute defined with a header from a corner kick sent by Eric Davis.
“We beat them collectively, we were very close, we wanted to win. We have to be calm, I know how easy it is to get to the top, but we have to be humble because the road is long ”, said the technical director of Panama, the Danish Thomas Christiansen.
Meanwhile, Costa Rica kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup with their first win after coming back from a disadvantage and defeating El Salvador 2-1 with goals from Bryan Ruiz and Celso Borges in the 51st and 55th minute.
Jairo Henríquez had advanced to El Salvador at 12 minutes.
While Jamaica and Canada drew goalless.
On the next round of the tie, which will be played on Wednesday, Mexico will visit El Salvador, the United States will be local to Costa Rica, Panama will go to Canada and Honduras will face Jamaica.
With information from Reuters