Canada downs El Salvador, keeps rolling in World Cup qualifying_freckle removal new york city

Canada downs El Salvador, keeps rolling in World Cup qualifyingCaptain Atiba Hutchinson scored a pinball-like goal and Jonathan David added an insurance score in stoppage time to help Canada defeat El Salvador 2-0 Wednesday — and move yet closer to Qatar 2022 with a sixth straight World Cup qualifying win.

Social Sharing

Canada remains atop the 8-team standings in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying

The Canadian Press(Moises Castillo/The Associated Press)

Captain Atiba Hutchinson scored a pinball-like goal and Jonathan David added an insurance score in stoppage time to help Canada defeat El Salvador 2-0 Wednesday — and move yet closer to Qatar 2022 with a sixth straight World Cup qualifying win.

A prickly El Salvador side made life difficult for the Canadian men with a choppy, physical game filled with fouls on a warm, humid night at Estadio Cuscatlan before some 10,000 fans.

The breakthrough cane in the 66th minute when substitute Cyle Larin beat a defender and sent a cross that a diving Hutchinson headed at goal from close-range.

The ball hit the foot of the post and came back off first defender Eriq Zavaleta and then Hutchinson's body past a stranded goalkeeper Kevin Carabantes.
  • Canada defeats U.S. in Hamilton to remain unbeaten on impressive World Cup qualifying run

The Salvadorans did not put a shot on goal until stoppage time with Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan reaching high to palm away a long-distance ball that somehow found the target.

David, on a solo rush in transition, then chipped the Salvadoran goalkeeper to make to 2-0 in the 93rd minute.

The result means Canada emerges with a maximum nine points in the FIFA window following 2-0 victories over Honduras, in San Pedro Sula, and the U.S., in Hamilton.

The Canadians came into the contest knowing that a win combined with other results could see them qualify for Qatar. That would require Panama lose to Mexico, the U.S. lose to Honduras and Costa Rica lose or draw against Jamaica.

WATCH | Atiba Hutchinson scores bizarre game-winning goal against El Salvador:

Canada's Atiba Hutchinson scores bizarre game-winning goal against El Salvador

21 hours agoDuration 2:14Canadian captain Atiba Hutchinson's fluke goal was the game-winner in Canada's 2-0 victory over El Salvador in their FIFA World Cup CONCACAF qualifier road match.2:14

But the 11th-ranked Americans torpedoed that scenario earlier in the evening with a 3-0 win over No. 76 Honduras in frigid conditions in St. Paul, Minn.

Canada wraps up qualifying play at Costa Rica on March 23, at home to Jamaica on March 26 and at Panama on March 29.

Canada (7-0-4, 25 points) tops the eight-team standings in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying ahead of the U.S. (6-2-3, 21 points) and Mexico (5-2-3, 18 points). Panama (5-3-2, 17 points) stands fourth, with Costa Rica (4-3-4, 16 points) fifth.
  • Canada remains unbeaten atop World Cup qualifying group with victory over Honduras

Come the end of March, the top three countries will represent North and Central America and the Caribbean in Qatar. The fourth-place finisher will face an Oceania team in an intercontinental playoff to see who joins them.

Wednesday results essentially means Canada can finish no lower than fourth.

The Canadian men are now 13-0-4 through three rounds of qualifying, outscoring their competition 50-6.

El Salvador players threatened not playing

There was some doubt the game might go on with the El Salvador players releasing an open letter during the day saying they would not play over a bonus dispute with the Salvadoran football Federation. But they recanted soon after.

While El Salvador (2-6-3, nine points) came into the game sixth in the standings, it had shown it was no pushover at home, having tied the U.S., Honduras, Jamaica and Panama with the lone loss to visiting Mexico.

John Herdman made six changes to his starting lineup with Hutchinson, Stephen Eustaquio, Liam Millar, Junior Hoilett, Doneil Henry and Scott Kennedy slotting in. Defender Steven Vitoria was suspended.

Eustaquio, who just signed on loan at FC Porto, missed the first two games in the wake of Portuguese reports that he had tested positive for COVID.

WATCH |David, Borjan help Canada clinch win over El Salvador:

Jonathan David, Milan Borjan clinch Canada's CONCACAF win over El Salvador

21 hours agoDuration 2:11In the 93rd minute, Milan Borjan made a big save at one end, and then Jonathan David stole the throw-in and scored at the other end to cinch Canada's 2-0 win over El Salvador in their FIFA World Cup CONCACAF qualifier road match.More soccer coverage

(editor:)

HOT
NEW
top 10
Link