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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Wrap: Honduras stay in contention

By Football News



Honduras stayed in the hunt for a spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with a CONCACAF qualifying victory over Jamaica on Tuesday.

The Central American nation moved to seven points from five games, three behind group leader United States, after putting away the 10-man Jamaicans in Tegucigalpa.

Boniek Garcia put Honduras ahead on 10 minutes, and they preserved that advantage as the group cellar dwellers failed to get a foothold into the contest.

Jamaica's hopes of a late revival were all but dashed when defender Adrian Mariappa picked up two yellow cards in the space of eight minutes and was dismissed.

Roger Rojas scored in the 88th minute to seal the points for Honduras, who occupy the playoff position in the table but are one point from a guaranteed trip to Brazil.

Mexico and Costa Rica played out a 0-0 draw in Coyoacan to leave both nations on eight points, while the United States made the most of the stalemate to leapfrog their rivals into top spot.

The USA accounted for Panama 2-0 with Jozy Altidore and Edward Johnson scoring either side of half-time in Seattle.