Skip to comments.Mexico stays alive in World Cup qualifying by topping Panama
Posted on 10/12/2013 10:47:30 AM PDT by BeadCounter
(AP) -- Mexico needed a spectacular Raul Jimenez goal in the 85th minute to beat Panama 2-1 on Friday and revive its hopes of qualifying for the World Cup.
The result moved Mexico into fourth place in CONCACAF qualifying, three points ahead of Panama and three points behind third-placed Honduras with one game to play.
The top three teams qualify automatically for the World Cup, while the fourth team faces an intercontinental playoff against New Zealand.
In the last round of games, Honduras is away to already-eliminated Jamaica and needs only a draw to secure a World Cup berth, while Mexico is away to Costa Rica and Panama hosts the United States. Both Costa Rica and the U.S. have already qualified for Brazil 2014.
Mexico went ahead in the 40th minute through Oribe Peralta's goal off a pass from Javier Hernandez, who missed a chance to double that lead from the penalty spot in the 58th.
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And not to support the TriColor but what happened in the 85th minute is an absolute Wonder Goal that needs to be seen by football/soccer fans. Talk about dramatics before 100,000 of your own supporters on a Friday night.
Also, feel free to discuss any other games, USA defeated Jamaica. Tuesday, USA will next play at Panama, Mexico at Costa Rica.
Wow, that second goal was a thing of beauty.....But I was hoping the Mexicans would lose.
The thing is, Mexico has the talent...they just have poor coaching.
Watched the match last night. Spectacular goal!
1st off, glad you saw this, it was a lively discussion last month.
After the last game in September when Mexico lost to Honduras at home, they sacked the coach/manager...and Victor Vucetich, must be a Mexican of Yugoslavian descent, was brought in: http://us.soccerway.com/coaches/victor-manuel-vucetich/145284/
It was a rather fantastic game.
But they sure aren’t out of the woods on this, I repeat USA at Panama, Mexico at Costa Rica. Seems it could go any way possible. And then, whomever advances I understand will play the Kiwis, New Zealand, champion of Oceania speaking of, Australia sure got walloped in a friendly versus France, something like 6-0 and sacked their manager. The Socceroos also lost real badly to Brazil not to long ago.
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If Mexico brought in someone like Guus Hiddink, there’s no telling what they could do...but they keep insisting on home grown coaches.
It’s a shame Mexico won. A tie would have put Panama in the driver’s seat. It would have been great if El-Tri was sitting home next summer. Let’s hope Hondura’s takes care of business against the Reggae Boyz.
Spectacular goal,though. It was a deserved win.
I thought Mexico was sunk, Panama drew it up in the 81st minute, no way did I think Mexico was going to come back. That was really something. Box Score here for everyone: http://us.soccerway.com/matches/2013/10/12/nc-america/wc-qualifying-concacaf/mexico/panama/1409586/
So who has the better team? USA or Mexico?
Very nice goal, but I’m still looking forward to Mexico getting eliminated.
Mexico has more talent, but the US is the better team.
The US has nothing to play for, so I won’t be surprised if Panama wins that one. And I also think Costa Rica has second place wrapped up, as well, so I wonder how motivated they are going to be.
I saw yesterday, that Switzerland qualified for the WC. I thought, wow that’s pretty good of them...until I saw who they had in their group:
Are you freaking kidding me? Who did the Swiss bribe to get into that group?
USA has a better team, I’d just say look at the CONCACAF standings:
I certainly wasn’t for Mexico either, I knew that game would be a spectacle. Honestly, Mexico should consider themselves fortunate, played well in the 1st half but to me, it didn’t seem they were that driving in the 2nd half and was par for the course, the goal is all talent but nonetheless, a bit fortunate.
At home, I’m sure Costa Rica will put out a game effort. So it’s really pick them. I’d think our USA team would be Panama to begin with because Panama are not nearly as good as Costa Rica. Panama’s record really isn’t that good but they are improving.
The group looks easy but on the other hand, Iceland might get into the playoffs, they’ve tried for a long time. We only drew Slovenia in 2010 though those games had officiating against us, USA. Albania could end up getting Januzaj, Norway has been to World Cups but on paper, yes, that looks a bit weak indeed.
August 14th, 2013, Swiss defeated Brazil in a friendly. I don’t care if it was a friendly, Switzerland should never defeat Brazil. 1-0
See the result here: http://eloratings.net/Switzerland.htm
And then, like I said, I think the Samba Boys went on to sock it big time to the Socceroos.
Funny game as they say.
I don’t see how Januzaj would pick Albania over Belgium, which is a real threat to win it all in Brazil, IMHO.
It just seems ridiculous considering that France and Spain are in the same group.
“As recently as June, though, it was thought that Januzaj would opt for Albania, with former Belgium youth coach Marc Van Geersom saying that the player had refused several call-ups because he preferred to play for Albania.”
The Croatians are talking to him also. They are often a good team.
He must be making his decision so according to different sources, he has already rejected a call up to the Belgian National Team. BUT that may be that he simply doesn’t feel ready for it yet or has NOT made a decision. I know what you are saying.
Lots of stories on this, it may not even pan out any time soon.
In other words, the situation seems fluid and we don’t always know what stories are correct but yes, Belgium has a very promising future. Now the article says he is definitely leaning towards the Red Devils: http://espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1572278/manchester-united-midfielder-adnan-januzaj-likely-pledge-international-future-belgium?source=soccernet&cc=5901
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