Mexico staggered to a vital 2-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday, the victory keeping alive their hopes of automatic qualification for next year's finals.
The result came as a relief to the hosts after back-to-back
defeats in Honduras and El Salvador, but was not enough to
squeeze into the top three places of the CONCACAF final stage
group that would guarantee a place in South Africa.
As the six-team pool reached its halfway mark, Mexico lie
in fourth place on six points from five games, one point behind
A fourth-placed finish would leave them with the unenviable
prospect of a two-leg playoff against the fifth team from South
America, currently Ecuador.
Javier Aguirre's team got of to a perfect start when
Guillermo Franco collected a pass on the right, cut inside and
slipped the goal past Clayton Ince in the first minute.
Mexico wasted chances to add to their lead and paid when
Hayden Tinto pounced on a defensive mistake and fired into the
top corner on the stroke of halftime.
The hosts regained the lead three minutes after the break
when Oscar Rojas scored from outside the area.
The defeat left the Soca Warriors bottom with two points
from five games.