El. World Cup 2022: Canada almost guaranteed promotion

However, victory did not come easily to the favourites. The hosts bravely defended until the 66th minute, when Atiba Hutchinson, a 38-year-old captain who plays for Besiktas Istanbul, the result was set by French champion Lille OSC sniper Jonathan David.

In this elimination “window”, Canada, which had to compose without heartbreak after being infected with the coronavirus, Bayern Munich player Alphonso Davies, conceded three victories without conceding a goal.

Undefeated in 11 qualifying matches, coach John Herdman’s footballers lead the standings with a four-point advantage over “full-time” World Cup participants – Americans and Mexicans.

– Canadians with one foot and four fingers with the other are already in Qatar. Their second appearance in the World Cup after Mexico in 1986 could only deprive them of an unimaginable and catastrophic scenario, writes the AFP news agency in the summary of Wednesday’s series of matches.

The United States team from Saint Paul, Minnesota, at minus 17 degrees Celsius, won with the weakest of the field Honduras 3: 0, and they entered the list of shooters, among others Weston McKennie of Juventus Turin and Christian Pulisic from Chelsea London. Meanwhile, Mexico – after a late penalty goal from the experienced Raul Jimenez – beat fourth-placed Panama 1-0, whose loss to Canada was extended to eight points.

Three series of matches are scheduled for the end of March in the CONCACAF zone, which covers North America, Central America and the Caribbean, to conclude. The top three teams will be promoted to the World Cup in Qatar, and the fourth will contest an intercontinental play-off in June with the winner of the qualifier in the Oceania zone.

Results of the 11th round of the qualifying rounds:

Jamaica – Costa Rica 0:1 (0:0)
USA – Honduras 3:0 (2:0)
El Salvador-Canada 0:2 (0:0)
Mexico – Panama 1:0 (0:0)

table:

MZRP Goal Points
1. Canada 11 7 4 0 19-5 25
2. United States 11 6 3 2 16-7 21
3. Mexico 11 6 3 2 14-8 21
4. Panama 11 5 2 4 14-13 17
5. Costa Rica 11 4 4 3 8-7 16
6. Salvador 11 2 3 6 6-13 9
7. Jamaica 11 1 4 6 9-16 7
8.Honduras 11 0 3 8 5-22 3

AŁ, PAP

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