Mexico downs El Salvador to advance to World Cup
Daniel Lopez (#18) of Mexico gets off a header with Siliazar Henriquez of El Salvador marking him to score the winning goal in a Group H match of the qualifying phase of the Concacaf Under-20 Championship at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on November 16, 2018.
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BRADENTON, Florida – Mexico is on its way to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup for the 16th time after defeating El Salvador 1-0 on Friday in Group H of the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship Qualification Stage.

The win assures El Tricolor at least a second-place finish in the group and a ticket to next summer’s World Cup in Poland.

The Mexico victory also means that Panama has qualified for the 2019 Under-20 World Cup.

Mexico took care of its business early, tallying the game’s lone goal in the 11’.

Misael Dominguez made a run down the left flank and lofted a cross to the back post that was met by Daniel Lopez, who headed home for the 1-0 lead.

El Salvador looked to respond and six minutes later Ronald Cerritos had a good crack at goal but Mexico GK Carlos Higuera was alert and made the save.

The Central Americans’ quest for a tying goal continued into the second half, but each time they managed to carve out a scoring opportunity, the Mexican defense rose to the occasion to deny the equalizer.

Mexico will face Panama on Monday, with the winner advancing to the Final.

Mexico v El Salvador
Mexico v El Salvador. November 16, 2018.
Mexico v El Salvador
Mexico v El Salvador. November 16, 2018.
Mexico v El Salvador
Mexico v El Salvador. November 16, 2018.
Mexico v El Salvador
Mexico v El Salvador. November 16, 2018.
Mexico v El Salvador
Mexico v El Salvador. November 16, 2018.
Mexico v El Salvador
Mexico v El Salvador. November 16, 2018.
Mexico v El Salvador
Mexico v El Salvador. November 16, 2018.
Mexico v El Salvador
Mexico v El Salvador. November 16, 2018.
Mexico v El Salvador
Mexico v El Salvador. November 16, 2018.
Mexico 1 - 0 El Salvador