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Canada stuns Mexico 2-1, as Cyle Larin bags a brace

Canada beat Mexico 2-1 in Edmonton to sit at the top of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers group, with every team having played 8 games out of 14.

  • World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Mexico was beaten by Canada on a chilly Tuesday night in Edmonton.
  • Cyle Larin scored in both halves, to propel Canada to the top position in the CONCACAF group.
  • Canada hasn’t appeared in the World Cup Finals since 1986
Canada players celebrate a goal against Mexico during World Cup Qualifiers in Edmonton, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021.
Canada’s soccer team celebrates a 2-1 win over Mexico, on a cold, windy night in Edmonton.

Despite playing for only 25 second-1/2 of mins in Friday’s win over Costa Rica, Cyle Larin scored 2 goals against Mexico on Tuesday night.

In the match taking place at the Commonwealth Stadium, Larin witnessed a record-tying night. His 2-goal overall performance not only helped Canada to a 2-1 win over Mexico however positioned the Canadians on the pinnacle in their CONCACAF World Cup group.

As the 8 last groups in CONCACAF, each finished the 8th in their 14-game schedules withinside the Octagon, Canada (4-0-4), a nation that hasn’t been to a World Cup since 1986, sits at the top. A point up, at the Americans. Two points up at the Mexicans and Panamanians.

The pinnacle 3 qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, at the same time as the fourth-place group, receives a very last shot to qualify through an intercontinental playoff.

Larin tied Dwayne De Rosario who is the pinnacle Canadian men’s goal-scorer in history, after taking his tally to 22 international goals on Tuesday.

Just earlier than the end of the primary half, Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa parried a skipping shot from Canadian defender Alistair Johnston. The ball fell in the path of Larin, who made no mistake.

Larin then side-footed an inch-best pass from Stephen Eustaquio, into the back of the net leaving Ochoa flailing at the goal line, just seven mins into the second half.

As per Environment Canada, the temperature during the match was at -nine C, with chilly winds at -14 C.

The Mexicans scored an 89th-minute goal, scored by Hector Herrera, to make for a dramatic finale.
And then, in 5 mins of injury time, keeper Milan Borjan made 2 goal-line saves as the Mexicans attacked the Canadian goal in waves. But Canada held its nerve and saw off Mexico.

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