The World Cup in Russia is just some ten months away and the qualification process is at it’s climax stage as the countries battle it out to book a berth in Russia next year. Today we are going to focus on the CONCACAF qualifying scenario, as six countries fight it out in the ultimate Hexagonal round.
The 7th match day was today in North American qualifiers competition and that has yielded some interesting and eyebrow raising results.
Shock of the day:
Costa Rica went on to beat USA at their own turf.
Mexico, after a narrow victory over Panama, registered their place in the World Cup. Yes,the colourful country of the Aztecs will be in Russia next year.
Result in Details:
USA vs Costa Rica:
USA were beaten shockingly at home in the hands of Costa Rica. The away side were up to the difficult task and a brace from Marcos Urena was enough for an all important 2-0 win for the Costa Ricans
Trinindad & Tobago vs Honduras:
It was another very important match for the Hondurans to stay afloat in the mix, and they prevailed in San Fernando against the hosts Trinidad and Tobago.
Lopez and Elis gave them a two goal cushion early in the first half, though Jonas scored from the spot to half the deficit, Honduras held on and got a crucial 2-1 victory over T&T. With this loss, the hosts hope to do the heroics of 2006 World Cup is very unlikely.
Mexico vs Panama:
Mexico registered a home win over Panama, thanks to a second half header by PSV man Hirving Lozano. With this, the Mexicans have qualified for the World Cup.
Amid all the controversies surrounding their captain Rafael Marquez, who was also left out of the squad, this is a relief for the El Tri supporters. There was no repeat of last time’s qualifiers when they struggled to make it and only made it to Brazil courtesy of Continental play offs.