No problems Mexico against Guyana
Giovani dos Santos scored for Mexico
MEXICO CITY, Mexico ● Mexico opened World Cup qualifying with a 3-1 win over Guyana on Friday night, getting goals from Carlos Salcido and Giovani dos Santos during a five-minute span early in the first half.
Salcido put El Tri in front in the 11th minute at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium, and dos Santos doubled the lead in the 15th with his 14th goal in 58 international appearances.
An own goal by John Rodrigues gave Mexico a three-goal lead in the 51st, but Mexico’s Hector had an own-goal nine minutes later.
El Salvador was at Costa Rica in the other Group B match in North and Central America and the Caribbean’s semifinal round.
In an eventful match with ten yellow cards, but no red ones, Costa Rica had a magnificent start and after 16 minutes had a 2-0 lead through goals of Saborio and Campbell. In the end it was not enough for the win. Gutierrez in the first half and Romero after the tea made sure El Salvador came away with a 2-2 draw.
In Group C Honduras hosted Panama. The guests won through two late goals by Perez with 2-0.
Guatemala was at Jamaica and stumbled hard. Phillips and Johnson gave the ‘reggae boys’ a 2-0 advantage, before Pezzarossi saved Guatemala’s honor in the final minute of the game.
The top two teams in each CONCACAF group advance to next year’s regional finals, which will produce three qualifiers for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
In Asia, Keisuke Honda scored a hat trick as Japan routed Jordan 6-0, and Australia stumbled to a 0-0 draw against Oman. South Korea routed 2022 World Cup host Qatar 4-1, and Lebanon and Uzbekistan drew 1-1