22 de junio de 2008

Mexico destroys Belize to book spot in CONCACAF third round WCup qualifying

MONTERREY, Mexico: Double strikes from from Fernando Arce and Jared Borgetti helped Mexico cruise to a 7-0 win over Belize in Saturday's second leg of their second-round World Cup qualifier, securing a place in the third round.
In Mexico's final match before Sven Goran Eriksson officially takes over as coach, Mexico completed a 9-0 aggregate win over two legs in the CONCACAF regional qualifier.
The result put Mexico into the final 12 of regional qualifying, where its third-round group opponents will be Canada, Jamaica and Honduras, with the round-robin play to begin in August. The top two teams will progress to the final round of qualifying.
Arsenal striker Carlos Vela opened the scoring for Mexico in the eighth minute, but a mixture of Mexican profligacy and good saves from Belize goalkeeper Shane Orio meant the home side had to wait until Andres Guardado's deflected shot on 34 minutes to double the lead.
A neat interchange between Vela and Cesar Villaluz created Arce's first goal in first half stoppage time. Within two minutes of the restart the Santos Laguna forward was on the spot to tap home his second from a cross by Oscar Rojas.
Veteran Jared Borgetti extended his record as Mexico' all-time leading scorer with a trademark header after 62 minutes before two late goals added gloss to the scoreline. Belize defender Trevor Lennen put through his own net in injury time for the sixth goal, before Borgetti added his second, and Mexico's seventh.
Former England coach Eriksson will now take over the team from interim coach Jesus Ramirez.

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