History, magic and late deciders

Published on 17 November 2021

Cyle Larin scored a brace to propelled Canada to its first win against Mexico in World Cup qualification in more than 45 years on November 16 2021, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. (Photo: Concacaf Media)

EDMONTON, Canada—Unbeaten Canada took a big step towards Qatar 2022 when they jumped to the top of the standings with a 2-1 win over regional giants Mexico at the Commonwealth Stadium on Tuesday night.

In freezing, single-digit weather, Cyle Larin kept the temperature hot on the field with a goal per half.

Larin sent Canada ahead in first-half stoppage time (45+2) when he capitalized on a rebound. His second goal came from set piece in minute 52.

Mexico pulled one back in the 90th minute via Hector Herrera, but failed in their quest for the equalizer.

The win set Canada closer to qualifying for their first World Cup since 1986 and marked the first time in 45 years that Canada beat Mexico in World Cup qualifying and the first win over Mexico in any contest in 21 years.

Panama 2-1 El Salvador

CIUDAD PANAMA, Panama—Two goals in quick succession led Panama to a 2-1 win over El Salvador when the sides met Tuesday at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.

It was a come-from-behind win for the home side after Jairo Henriquez shot past the El Salvadorian custodian, Luis Mejia, in the opening minutes—in fact seconds—of the game.

The Panamanians were denied several times as they hunted for the equalizer before Cecilio Waterman sent in a header to tie the score in minute 50.

Two minutes later, substitute Freddy Gondola sealed the deal with a low header.

Panama, in fourth place, face Costa Rica next. El Salvador play the United States.

Costa Rica 2-1 El Salvador

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica—Costa Rica left it until late to secure a 2-1 win over Central American rivals Honduras at Estadio National in Costa Rica.

Oscar Duarte headed home an in-swinger corner courtesy Joel Campbell to give the home team the lead and put them in control of the match in the 20th minute.

Now chasing the game now, Honduras committed bodies forward trying to get back into the match and were rewarded for their industry with a close-range goal by Romell Quioto in the 35th minute. 

End-to-end attacking action ensued, with both goalkeepers repeatedly called into action.

Second-half substitute Gerson Torres popped up in the penalty area to head home his team’s winning goal deep into stoppage time (90+5) to give Los Ticos an incredible win. It was Joel Campbell’s initial cross into the box that was headed back across goal for Torres to apply the final touch, sparking wild celebrations by the home fans.

 

 

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