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Reggae Boyz whipped 3-0

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2016 | 3:46 PM

Jamaica’s 2018 World Cup hopes were left hanging by a thread last night after the Reggae Boyz were battered 3-0 by hosts Costa Rica in San Jose.

The defeat left Jamaica a poor third in CONCACAF semi-final round Group B. The Boyz are on four points, six behind early final round qualifiers Costa Rica and three short of Panama in second.

In last night's second match in the group Panama clipped Haiti 1-0. The Haitians have already been eliminated. They are at the bottom of the group with one point.

Unlike last Friday’s clash between the two countries, Costa Rica started very fast and dominated the action in last night’s match. They went ahead as early as the seventh minute when Celso Borges sent a powerful header past Jamaica’s goalkeeper Andre Blake.

Captain Bryan Ruiz made it 2-0 eight minutes before the break after he pounced on a rebound following a brilliant block by Blake.

The hosts completed the scoring after a lightning attack down the right. Blake was in position to block the first shot but was helpless to prevent Johan Venegas from slotting home under his despairing dive in the 78th minute.

With two goals for and six against - a goal difference of minus four - Jamaica’s Boyz  will need big wins in their final two matches to have any hope of getting to the final round. Only the top two from each semi-final round group will advance to the final round of qualifying.

Jamaica will travel to Panama for their next match on September 2 and anything but three points will see the Boyz crashing out of contention. The Reggae Boyz’s final match is against Haiti at the National Stadium on September 6.