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Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2013 | 10:40 PM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter



Jamaica suffered a 0-1 loss to Mexico in their final round CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium a short while ago.




Aldo de Nigris popped up unmarked in the box to head beyond the helpless Donovan Ricketts in the Jamaican goal, to give the visitors the crucial win.



The Jamaicans themselves had several looks at the Mexican goal, with Ryan Johnson and Marvin Elliott coming close; only to be denied by excellent saves from 'El Tri' goalkeeper Jesus Corona.



Jamaica started brightly enough, knocking the ball around confidently in midfield while the Mexicans sized up their opposition.



Mexico's Zavala Jesus had the first look on goal but his header, which took a deflection off a Jamaican defender barely missing Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts' far post.



The host almost found a way through but the home crowd could only sigh in agony as a slick one - two between Ryan Johnson and Jhevaughn Watson - was stopped by the outstretched leg of a Mexican defender.



Ricketts was called into action on the 20 minute mark, but in fairness it was a save that he was expected to make; clutching a tame header by Mexican midfielder Aldo De Nigris.



Mexico's Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez made his presence felt with a strike from outside the box that grazed Ricketts' fingers and crashed off the post.



The Mexicans were a different monster in the second half and were rewarded just three minutes after the restart, with Hernandez swinging a left sided cross on the head of de Nigris.



English-based striker Jermaine Beckford wasted Jamaica's most clear-cut chance, inexplicably heading the ball into the ground and wide of the post, after finding himself unmarked inside the box.



With the win, Mexico now moves to the top of the six-team standing on six points - one more than Panama, who, like Costa Rica, USA and Honduras, are on four points each.



Jamaica remain rooted at the bottom of the table on two points.



Jamaica will play the United States in their next game this Friday, also inside the National Stadium.



andre.lowe@gleanerjm.com