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Mexico downs Honduras, extends lead atop Hexagonal table
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Action from the World Cup qualifier between host Mexico and Panama (white jersey) on June 8, 2017, in Mexico City. (Photo: Straffon Images)

MEXICO CITY -- Oswaldo Alanis, Hirving Lozano and Raul Jimenez all scored to help Mexico (4W-1D-0L, 13 points) to a 3-0 over visiting Honduras (1-1-3, 4) in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday night. 

The victory kept the Tricolor (4W-1D-0L, 13 pts) atop the table, five points ahead of second-place Costa Rica, which played now fourth-place Panama to a scoreless draw 

Central American champion Honduras had a win and a draw in its last two qualifying trips to the Estadio Azteca, but -- in this one -- Mexico was in control throughout. 

Alanis struck for the first goal in the 34th minute, reaching Jonathan dos Santos’ in-swinging corner kick and sending a glancing header inside the right post. 

Mexico then scored twice during a three-minute stretch in the second half. 

First, Lozano got behind the Honduras back line, rounded goalkeeper Donis Escober and finished into an empty net. 

With Honduras’ defense still holding a high line, Jimenez beat it by playing a quick combination with Carlos Vela and chipping his finish over the charging Escober. 

Mexico has conceded only one goal through five Hexagonal matches. 

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