Saturday, September 03, 2016

2018 World Cup Qualifying (CONCACAF): Team USA Destroys SVG, Wind Up On Cusp Of Advanicng; Ticos, Panama, Soca Warriors Join El Tri In Hexagonal Round; Honduras On Cusp Of Advancing, Too; Canada All But Finished

The fourth round of CONCACAF regional qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup resumed on Friday with six games.


At San Pedro Sula, Honduras:

Mario Martinez (45'+2) and Romell Quioto (50') each scored a goal as Honduras all but clinched a berth in the Hexagonal Round with a 2-1 home victory over Canada, all but eliminating the guests from contention.

At San Salvador, El Salvador:

Angel Sepulveda scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 58th minute as Mexico, who already had clinched a berth in the final qualifying round, defeated El Salvador 3-1 on the road and eliminated the hosts.

Group A Standings:

1. y-Mexico (GP: 5; GD: +12; PTS: 15)
2.    Honduras (GP: 5; GD: 0; PTS: 7)
3.    Canada (GP: 5; GD: -5; PTS: 4)
4. z-El Salvador (GP: 5; GD: -7; PTS: 2)

y-Won Group A and clinched berth in Hexagonal Round



At Port-au-Prince, Haiti:

Randall Azofeifa scored the only goal of the match in the 71st minute as Costa Rica advanced to the Hexagonal Round with their 1-0 road victory over Haiti (who were eliminated).

At Panama City, Panama:

Gabriel Torres (28') and Abdiel Arroyo (90'+2) each scored twice as Panama blanked visiting Jamaica 2-0 and advanced to the Hexagonal Round, eliminating the Reggae Boyz in the process.

Group B Standings:

1. x-Costa Rica (GP: 5; GD: +6; PTS: 13)
2. x-Panama (GP: 5; GD: +4; PTS: 10)
3. z-Jamaica (GP: 5; GD: -6; PTS: 4)
4. z-Haiti (GP: 5; GD: -4; PTS: 1)

x-Clinch berth in Hexagonal Round



At Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

Christian Pulisic scored twice (71', 90'+2) as the United States scored thrice in each half and dismembered St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 to all but salt away a berth in the Hexagonal Round.

At Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago:

Joevin Jones scored twice (45'+1, 62') as Trinidad and Tobago clinched a berth in the Hexagonal Round with a 1-1 home draw with Guatemala.  Carlos Ruiz scored twice (36', 87') for the visitors, who are all but eliminated.

Group C Standings:

1. x-Trinidad and Tobago (GP: 5; GD: +8; PTS: 11)
2.    United States (GP: 5; GD: +13; PTS: 10)
3.    Guatemala (GP: 5; GD: +1; PTS: 7)
4. z-St. Vincent and the Grenadines (GP: 5; GD: -22; PTS: 0)

x-Clinched berth in Hexagonal Round


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