Jamaica hold Canada to a draw

Published on 11 October 2021

Jamaica and Canada were in a tense battle in the Concacaf FIFA World Cup qualifiers on October 10, 2021 at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photos: Canada Soccer)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (October 10, 2021)—Jamaica inched ahead to two points in the final round of World Cup qualification on Sunday by holding Canada to a goalless draw when the sides met at Independence Park in Jamaica.

The teams were evenly matched in the first half and went into the break with the score at nil-all.

The Reggae Boyz’s goalkeeper Andre Blake made a brilliant save in the 60th minute to deny Liam Millar. Alphonso Davies sprinted down the left side to send in a low cross that evaded everyone and landed to Miller at the back post totally unmarked, but it was Blake with the save.

Jamaica would get a chance when Kemar Lawrence lofted a ball in towards the Canadian box. Kemar Roofe rose the highest but only to see his headed effort go wide of the target.

Close to the climax of the encounter, Lawrence let off a blistering left-footed strike but the Canadian keeper Maxime Crepeau came up with the diving save to stop the goal.

Canada have seven points and head home to host Panama on October 13. Jamaica travel to Honduras.

Panama 1-0 USA

PANAMA CITY, Panama—An Anibal Godoy goal lifted Panama, playing at home at Estadio Rommell Fernandez, to a 1-0 victory over the United States.

Panama had to opportunity to go ahead in the 14th minute when Freddy Gondola and Rolando Blackburn linked up.  Gondola created space on the left and picked out Blackburn on the edge of the goal area but Blackburn was unable to get past Matt Turner in goal for the USA.

A corner kick conceded by the USA’s Tyler Adams proved to be their undoing.  Panama’s Eric Davis swung the resulting spot kick from the right side, and Godoy, with the faintest of touches, headed past Turner in the 54th minute to send the home fans into frenzied celebrations.

The USA play Costa Rica on Wednesday.

Mexico 3-0 Honduras

Mexico City, Mexico— An 18th minute goal from Sebastian Cordova and second-half strikes from Rogelio Funes Mori (76th min) and Hirving Lozano (86th min) secured a convincing 3-0 victory for Mexico over Honduras at Estadio Azteca.

Cordova latched onto a loose ball and smashed it home for the opener.

Honduras found themselves a man down in the 50th minute when Captain Maynor Figueroa delivered a harsh sliding tackle to Raul Jimenez after the Wolverhampton Wanderers striker would have surely been onto goal and Figueroa being the last defender.

Mexico took advantage of being a man up and increased the attacks.

The second goal came when Edson Alvarez’s shot from within the area came off the post and Rogelio Funes Mori made no mistake in putting the ball into back of the net in the 76th minute, just 10 minutes after his introduction into the game.

El Tri would soon wrap it up and put things to bed when Hirving Lozano finished off a nice play with a quick one-two with Alexander Lopez at the top of the 18-yard box.

Mexico top the standings with 11 points. They next host El Salvador.

Costa Rica 2-1 El Salvador

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica—Costa Rica came from a goal down to defeat El Salvador 2-1 at Estadio Nacional. It was the first win for the Costa Ricans in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

El Salvador’s Jairo Henriquez opened up the scoring in the 12th minute of play with a brilliant strike from distance outside the 18-yard box.

El Salvador’s hopes of  maintaining the lead were dashed when veteran Bryan Ruiz, in the 52nd minute headed a beautifully timed pass across the goal from Celso Borges, leveling the game 1- 1.

Costa Rica capitalized on a penalty, with from Celso Borges giving his team two goals. Salvador’s one.

As emotions escalated in the latter portion of the game, yellow cards were given to Dominquez of El Salvador and Borges of Costa Rica respectively.

Mexico top the points standings with 11 followed by USA (8), Panama (8), Canada (7), Costa Rica (6), El Salvador (5), Honduras (2) and Jamaica (2).

 

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