Mexico secure World Cup berth
Mexico made sure of their place in the Under-20 World Cup to be held in New Zealand later this year after another dominant display on the Montego Bay Sports Complex turf last night to dismiss El Salvador 3-1 and remain perfect in the championship.
Three second-half goals in the span of six minutes ripped open the game, which up to that point was going according to plan for the El Salvadorians.
Jose Ramirez headed a goal from outside the area to burst open the contest in the 62nd minute. Then Alejandro Diaz's close range header made the game 2-0 in the 65th, before tournament star Hirving Lozano made it comfortable for the defending champions from the penalty spot.
El Salvador did manage to score when Nelson Moreno, who came on in the 83rd minute, scored his team's consolation a minute from full time.
Lozano was scoring his fifth goal of the championship to leave head coach Sergio Almaguer delighted, as it leaves them top in the group on 12 points. El Salvador (five points), Honduras and Cuba (four) are battling for the other important places.
"The team played very well although they marked us well in the early stages of the match.
"We were able to dominate the game, and so I am very happy especially because we are now in the world Cup, which was our aim in the first place," Almaguer said.
Lozano was named Man of the Match for a second time in the championship to underline his good form in front of goal so far.
- Paul Clarke