World Cup Qualifiers: US Draw, Mexico Lose, More

Jonathan Grant | November 17th, 2021

After eight rounds of FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the North American region, it’s not the United States or Mexico that lead the way. Nope, it’s Canada. The Canadians went to the top of the group and remain unbeaten after a 2-1 win in freezing Edmonton on Tuesday evening over Mexico. Cyle Larin scored both goals, consigning El Tri to a second straight road loss and moving Canada closer to a first World Cup appearance since 1986.

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The United States also didn’t win on Tuesday on the road in Kingston as they took on Jamaica, but they did at least take a point after a 1-1 draw. If soccer was decided by ‘decision’ like the UFC, this would have been declared a loss for the USA, but that’s not how it works and they are now second in the group with six matches still remaining. Tim Weah scored the US’s goal after 11 minutes, but West Ham star Michail Antonio found the net 11 minutes later to equalize. Elsewhere, the Netherlands booked their places and denied Norway theirs with a late-show 2-0 win. Goals came courtesy of Steven Bergwijn and Memphis Depay. Argentina also booked their spot in Qatar in about a year’s time as they drew 0-0 with Brazil at home to put them over the top. One more enticing bit of news is that elites Italy, Euro 2020(1) winners, and Portugal could end up playing against each other for the last chance to make it come March if the playoff draw in Europe goes a certain way.

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