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03 Jun 2013 21:47:03

Mexico look for vital win against Jamaica

Mexico arrived in Jamaica on Monday ahead of Tuesday's 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup qualifying showdown against the winless Reggae Boyz, hopeful of a victory that would put them atop the table.

The Mexicans, with three draws in as many qualifying matches, face a run of three qualifiers in eight days that will also include a stop at unbeaten Panama on Friday and a trip home to face Costa Rica on June 11.

"El Tricolor" face the brutal run because they will be playing in the FIFA Confederations Cup later in the month, thus obliging the move of the Jamaica match two weeks ahead of its' originally scheduled June 18 date.

Mexico is looking to draft in goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who plays for Ajaccio in France, and striker Raul Jimenez from Mexican side America.

Jamaica looks to be bolstered by striker Jermaine Beckford, who netted five goals in his last four games for England's Huddersfield Town, and defender Daniel Gordon, a centre back for Karlsruhe in Germany.

The three top teams among the six nations in the North American round-robin series will qualify for Brazil while the fourth-place finisher must face New Zealand to decide another berth in next year's global football spectacle.

Panama top the table with a win and two draws with Costa Rica second, the United States third and Honduras fourth, all on the same points total. The Mexicans rank fifth with Jamaica last.

After Tuesday, the Jamaicans play host to the US on Friday and visit Honduras on June 11.


AFP

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