Mexico tops Canada, advances at CU20

Mexico players (pictured) celebrate after scoring against Canada in a CONCACAF Under-20 Championship game on February 20, 2017, in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Straffon Images)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Mexico (2W-0D-0L, 6 points) clinched a spot in the classification stage of the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship thanks to a 5-0 win over Canada (0-0-2, 0) on Monday at the Estadio Nacional.

The result also sealed progression for Honduras (2-0-0, 6), which beat Antigua & Barbuda, 4-1, earlier in the day.  Mexico and Honduras will meet for the Group A crown Thursday, while now-eliminated Canada and Antigua & Barbuda (0-0-2, 0) will also square off against each other the same day looking to secure their first points before departing for home.

For the second straight outing, Ronaldo Cisneros scored two goals for Mexico.

He made 2-0 in the 40th minute with a composed left-footed finish at the left post off Uriel Antuna’s pinpoint cross from the right.  In the 64th minute, the 20-year-old Santos forward extended the advantage to 3-0, slotting home the rebound after goalkeeper Thomas Hasal parried Eduardo Aguirre’s header.

The three-time defending champion went ahead 1-0 in the 36th minute, when Sebastian Cordova’s diving header inside the six-yard box powered Diego Aguilar’s left-sided cross into the back of the net.

Claudio Zamudio connected on an Antuna pass in the 81st minute and Eduardo Aguirre did the same with a Kevin Lara feed in the second minute of stoppage time to complete the scoreline.

Mexico extended its unbeaten streak in the competition to 19 games.