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Costa Rica makes Canada wait – US opposes Mexico

Canada has not yet made the finals for the World Cup, but the first World Cup participation in 36 years is yet to come. There are no goals in the Mexico-America honor fight.

Goal scorer for DiCos: Celso Borges.
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Canada – still without Bayern professional Alfonso Davis (after myocardial infarction) – missed out on an early World Cup qualifier with a 0-1 draw against Costa Rica, but that should not be too dramatic. Because the leader of the table, after losing to a man in the finals of North and Central America, has not seen just one more point in his history for a second World Cup participation – and 36 years from now. Mark-Anthony Kaye received a second yellow card in the 34th minute when Celso Borges scored the winning goal for DiCos.

“We can take our destiny into our own hands,” said Canada coach John Hertmann: “We will meet on Sunday (against Jamaica, Note d. Author) Will take care of it, and then if we do not create it, we will create it in Panama. We are going to Qatar.

Costa Rica advanced to fourth place in the table by winning on home soil and revived their Qatar travel hopes. The top three CONCACAF teams will qualify directly for the World Cup later this year, while the fourth-placed team will advance to the play-offs against Oceania (probably New Zealand).

Now the United States against Panama

George Sanchez and Christian Pulicic in Mexico City

Lots of fights, no goals: Christian police against George Sanchez (left).
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The United States and Mexico are tied for second and third place after a 90-minute fight 0-0. Both teams are three points behind Canada with 22 points each and three points ahead of Costa Rica.

There is still two days left in the game. The United States faces Panama, who were relegated to fifth place after a 1-1 draw with Honduras, but still have a chance to qualify directly. Honduras is at the bottom of the table and hosts Mexico in the final qualifying round.

Goals and cards

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Navas-Fuller, Waston, Calvo, Matarida – Torres Borges Orlando Moisés Galo Calderon – Campbell, Anthony Daniel Contreras Enriquez Venicus



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Costa Rica National Stadium

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