UNCAF U-20: Race for CONCACAF spots narrows
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Action from Central American U-20 qualifying match between Honduras (white jersey) and host Panama on July 12, 2016, in Panama City.

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Three teams are still alive for two berths to the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship as the table tightened further in Central American qualifying after a pair of games on Thursday at the Estadio Maracana.

In the opener, El Salvador earned a 4-0 win over Nicaragua -- a result that eliminated the Pinoleros from contention. El Salvador now has four points, leveling it in third place with host Panama, which played first-place and already-qualified Honduras to a 1-1 draw.

Second-place Guatemala (5 points) was idle.

CONCACAF.com takes a look at the action:

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 2016 UNCAF UNDER-20 QUALIFYING

Estadio Maracana – El Chorrillo, Panama City, Panama

July 8–16, 2016

 

July 8, 2016

Guatemala 2, Honduras 2

Brolin Valdizon 6’; Esteban Garcia 42’ / Foslyn Grant 45’+1; Sendel Cruz 46’

 

Panama 6, Nicaragua 0

Cesar Blackman 36’; Leandro Avila 48’, 53’, 56’; Isidoro Hinestroza 67’, 89’

 

 

July 10, 2016

Honduras 2, El Salvador 1

Cristian Avila 10’; Jose Alejandro Reyes 68’ / Jose Enrique Contreras 25’

 

Panama 0, Guatemala 1

Durban Reyes 68’ pen

 

 

July 12, 2016

Nicaragua 0, Honduras 2

Sendel Cruz 74’; Jorge Alvarez 87’

 

Guatemala 2, El Salvador 2

Pedro Altan 30’; Jose Carlos Martinez 56’ pen / Marvin Marquez 23’ pen; Brayan Paz 79’

 

 

July 14, 2016

El Salvador 4, Nicaragua 0

Marco Rodriguez 26’; Fernando Castro 32’; Kevin Reyes 63’; Roberto Dominguez 71’

 

Panama 1, Honduras 1

Ricardo Avila 65’ pen / Rembrandt Flores 78’ pen

 

Honduras 4-2-2-0-7-4-8

Guatemala 3-1-2-0-5-4-5

Panama 3-1-1-1-7-2-4

El Salvador 3-1-1-1-7-4-4

Nicaragua 3-0-0-3-0-12-0

 

July 16, 2016: Nicaragua v Guatemala; Panama v El Salvador