CONCACAF played matchday four of six in the semifinal round on Tuesday and it brought with it the first team to qualify for the final round -- Mexico. The full results:
Antigua and Barbuda 0-1 Guatemala
The Chapines didn't impress anybody in Antigua and Barbuda. They were sloppy and sometimes dirty as the plowed through 90 minutes. But there was one moment of entertainment and it was a doozy. Carlos Ruiz scored an incredible goal and that was all that mattered because it delivered them the three points that moved them into a three-way tie atop the group with the U.S. and Jamaica.
Guyana 2-3 El Salvador
Guyana got off to the perfect start with a goal by Gregory Richardson inside of a minute, but Osael Romero and Jaime Alas answered to put El Salvador in front. Just after the hour mark, Chris Nurse got Guyana level again, but when Rafael Burgos scored in the 76th minute Guyana did not have an answer.
Panama 2-0 Canada
After picking up a huge win over Panama in Toronto, Canada went on the road with a chance to take a commanding lead of the group, but instead it was Panama who made a statement. They pressure Canada into some poor play and when Blas Perez struck in the 57th minute it was over. Now Panama is top of the group on nine points, while Canada is in a real fight with Honduras to qualify for the hex.
Honduras 1-0 Cuba
Cuba can't win, but are excelling at making matches agonizingly close. They lost 1-0 for the third time in four matches this round as Jerry Bengtson's goal held up to deliver Honduras three points. Now the Catrachos are tied on seven points for second place with Canada and they get to host the Canadians on the final matchday, but their other match is against Panama, while the Canucks get Cuba.