Costa Rica crushes Guyana; advances to final round of World Cup qualifying
Costa Rica dominated Guyana, 7-0, to clinch a spot in the hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, joining Mexico who also advanced out of Group B.
Randall “El Chiqui” Brenes and Álvaro Saborío scored twice, leading the way for Costa Rica in the blow out.
In Group A, Tottenham striker Clint Dempsey scored two goals to lead the United States over visiting Guatemala 3-1 Tuesday and into next year’s North American final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying.
Group C’s Honduras and Panama rounded out next year’s six-team World Cup final round qualifying lineup from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
Honduras routed visiting Canada 8-1 to advance while Panama moved through with a 1-1 draw at winless Cuba and Costa Rica blanked winless Guyana to advance on the concluding night of the 12-nation penultimate qualifying round.
Three CONCACAF teams will advance to the 2014 global football showdown in Brazil.
Costa Rica needed a home victory over winless Guyana to ensure advancement and the Ticos struck quickly, Brenes finding the net in the ninth minute and Cristian Gamboa adding another Costa Rican goal in the 13th minute.
Brenes scored again in the second minute of the second half, Saborio boosted Costa Rica’s lead on a penalty kick in the 51st minute after Guyana’s Walter Moore was ejected and Cristian Bolanos made it 5-0 in the 60th minute.
Celso Borges scored for the Ticos in the 69th minute and Saborio netted the last marker in the 76th.
A week ago, Costa Rica seemed in danger of being eliminated from the World Cup. But after a 1-0 win in San Salvador, and a rout of Guyana, Costa Rica carries some momentum into hexagonal stage. The favorites, however, will be Costa Rica’s Group B rival Mexico. The Mexican squad finished the current round undefeated and without a tie.
Mexico’s Oribe Peralta opened the scoring in the 64th minute against the Salvadorans and Javier Hernandez added an insurance goal in the 84th minute to complete a perfect qualifying run for the Tricolores.
English Premier League striker Clint Dempsey broke a 1-1 deadlock with a goal in the 18th minute and added another in the 36th for the Americans while Jamaica beat Antigua and Barbuda 4-1 to advance at the expense of Guatemala.
“Credit my teammates. They were putting good balls in. I was lucky enough to get them to go in,” Dempsey said. “A little pressure on us but it’s behind us now. We want to go to the World Cup. This is the first step to getting there.”
Carlos Ruiz gave Guatemala the lead with a goal in the fifth minute to put a scare into the Americans at Kansas City. US captain Carlos Bocanegra answered in the 10th minute to equalize, setting the stage for Dempsey’s double strike.
At Kingston, Jamaica’s “Reggae Boyz” advanced thanks to goals by Dane Richards in the 78th and 88th minutes. Jamaica and Guatemala each finished 3-2 with one drawn in Group A but Jamaica moved on due to superior goal difference.
Needing a victory to have any chance to advance, Jamaica took command quickly on goals by Demar Phillips in the 16th minute and Nyron Nosworthy, a Watford defender, in the 17th.
Quinton Griffith pulled one back for visiting Antigua and Barbuda in the 61st minute, putting Jamaica’s World Cup dream at risk before Richards saved the day.
At Honduras, Jerry Bengtson scored a hat trick while Carlos Costly and Mario Martinez each added two goals for the hosts in a Group C romp that doomed Canada’s dreams of reaching Brazil.
Bengtson scored in the seventh and 16th minutes, Costly followed in the 28th minute and Martinez struck in the 32nd. Canada’s David Edgar netted an own goal in the 48th minute and Martinez tallied once again in the 62nd minute.
Iain Hume answered for Canada in the 76th minute but Bengtson completed his hat trick in the 82nd minute and Costly finished off the scoring in the 85th.
At Havana, the already-eliminated Cubans netted their only goal in six qualifying matches when Alberto Gomez scored in the 38th minute.
Nelson Barahona equalized for Panama in the 77th to earn a draw. Honduras and Panama were both 3-1 with two drawn for 11 points but Honduras took the group crown on goal difference and Canada missed out on 10 points.
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