Canada took a big step towards reaching the finals for the first time in 36 years by beating its neighbor the United States 2-0 on Sunday in Hamilton in the 10th round of the CONCACAF (North, Central, and the Caribbean) qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
Canada, the only team not lost so far in the qualifiers, owes victory to Besiktas striker Cyle Larin, who opened the scoring early on in the seventh minute, and to Turkey’s Hatayspor winger Sam Adekugbe, who secured the victory by scoring the second goal in the fifth minute of added time. It was Canada’s fifth consecutive victory, seeking world cup finals for the first time since 1986, and sixth in the playoffs, consolidating its position in the lead with 22 points four rounds before the end of the playoffs by a margin of four points ahead of the United States, which suffered its second loss, and Mexico, which fell into the trap of a negative draw against its neighbor Costa Rica.
Mexico continued their disappointing results by winning 4 points out of a possible 12 in the last four rounds and threatening them and the United States from Panama, which beat Jamaica 3-2. Javain Brown (43 og), Eric Davis (51), and Azmahar Ariano (69) scored for Panama, for which Davis wasted on the 18th-minute a penalty. West Ham United striker Michail Antonio (5 pk) and Queens Park Rangers striker Andre Gray (87) for Jamaica.
Panama consolidated its position in fourth place with 17 points by a margin of one point behind the United States and Mexico. Panama will face Mexico in the 11th round on Wednesday at a heated summit, Canada will play hosts El Salvador and Honduras will meet the United States. The top three teams qualify directly for the finals, while the fourth-place finisher is in the running with the Oceania champion.
In a fourth match, El Salvador beat hosts Honduras 2-0 with Nelson Bonilla (35) and Darwin Ceren (90+2). El Salvador climbed to sixth place with nine points, while Honduras was frozen at three points in the last place.