Mexico in must win game

Honduras host Costa Rica on Friday with a chance to secure a 2014 World Cup berth as mighty Mexico bid to breathe life into their CONCACAF qualifying campaign.

The United States and Costa Rica have already qualified for next year’s finals in Brazil, leaving Honduras, Mexico and Panama battling for the third and final direct entry from North and Central America and the Caribbean with two matches remaining.

The fourth-placed team will face Oceania’s New Zealand for a World Cup spot, with even Jamaica still technically in with a chance of making the playoff.

Honduras lie third in the standings with 11 points, three more than both Mexico and Panama who face off at Azteca Stadium on Friday.

Honduras can book their second straight World Cup finals appearance, and third overall, with a victory over Costa Rica in San Pedro Sula – depending on the outcome in Mexico City.

The United States, who top the group with 16 points to Costa Rica’s 15, host Jamaica on Friday in Kansas City and promised no let-up in their final two matches.AFP