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FOOTBALL: Reggae Girlz face must-win situation to keep World Cup hopes alive

Published:Tuesday | October 21, 2014 | 12:21 PM

Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz will try to revive their fading World Cup hopes today when they face Mexico in the final preliminary round fixture of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in the United States.

The two finalists and the winner of the match for third place earn automatic spots to the 2015 World Cup in Canada, while the fourth-place team will face Ecuador in a playoff for another spot.

For the Reggae Girlz to revive their World Cup ambitions, they must beat Mexico to join Costa Rica as Group B qualifiers for the semi-finals.

The Jamaica, Mexico fixture starts at 6:30 in the evening and is the second game of a Group B double header at the RFK Stadium.

Costa Rica, who have already qualified for the semi-finals, will face out-of-contention Martinique at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

Jamaica and Mexico are locked on three points from two games after they both beat Martinique and lost to Costa Rica.

However, the Mexicans are in second position courtesy of goal difference and a draw would be enough for them to secure the last semi-final spot.

Meanwhile, Caribbean champions Trinidad and Tobago remained in contention for a World Cup spot following a 2-1 victory over Guatemala last night at the RFK Stadium.

With the victory, T&T finished in second place in Group A to join hosts nation USA into the semi-finals.

The USA won the group with maximum nine points after crushing Caribbean side Haiti 6-0 in the late game.

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