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Costa Rica clear in second, Panama and Honduras draw

San Jose, Wednesday @PeopleSports11

Costa Rica moved into sole possession of second place in the Hexagonal standings after an important 2-1 home win over bottom side Trinidad and Tobago, as Matchday 6 wrapped up in CONCACAF’s final round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on Tuesday night.

In Panama City, a pulsating back-and-forth encounter saw Panama come back twice to draw 2-2 with central American rivals Honduras.

It was not lost on Panama and Honduras that claiming maximum points was needed at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, if either side wanted to strengthen their position in the Hexagonal table.

It was the visiting Hondurans that made the brightest start to the contest, taking the lead just five minutes in through Romell Quioto, who converted a tight rebound, following Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo’s save, to open the scoring.

Four minutes before half-time, Blas Perez fortuitously equalised for Los Canaleros, knocking home a cross from the right with the top of his back.

Honduras restored their advantage around the midway point of the second half when Alberth Elis took a return pass from Rony Martinez before converting at close range for 2-1.

The goal prompted another Panamanian response and, after a spell of heavy pressure, Roman Torres popped up in the 90th minute to equalise for the home side with a low drive.

However, both sides had to settle for a point that keeps them in the bottom half of the standings. Costa Rica were keen to make amends for last Thursday’s home draw with Panama when they hosted Trinidad and Tobago at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose. -AFP

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