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Sven's Mexico end winless run

29 Mar 2009 07:45:00

Sven's Mexico end winless run

Mexico ended a run of four winless games in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in Mexico City on Saturday.Guadalajara striker Omar Bravo put the home side ahead after 19 minutes at a packed Azteca Stadium, exchanging passes with Matias Vuoso before firing home.Pavel Pardo delighted the crowd of 100,000 when he added a second from the penalty spot early in the second half."It was very important to win this game, not just for me but because Mexico as country needed a victory like this," said coach Sven-Goran Eriksson."We played well and we could have scored even more goals."With the win, Mexico moved into a share of second spot in the CONCACAF final qualifying round with Costa Rica on three points, one behind the first-placed United States who came from two goals down to draw 2-2 in El Salvador.Eliseo Quintanilla put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute and Cristian Castillo appeared to have sealed the win when he made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute.But Bob Bradley's side battled back with Jozy Altidore pulling a goal back in the 77th minute and Frankie Hejduk levelling the score two minutes from time.Finally in Port of Spain, Kenwyne Jones scored in the fifth minute of injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw for Trinidad & Tobago against Honduras.Carlos Pavon had given the visitors the lead in the 51st minute after pouncing on a loose ball on the edge of the area.The 'Soca Warriors' are tied for fourth with El Salvador on two points while Honduras are in last place with only a single point.In the next round of matches on Wednesday, Trinidad & Tobago travel to Nashville to face the United States, Honduras host Mexico in San Pedro Sula and Costa Rica face El Salvador in San Jose.


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