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Canada stuns United States

Early strike: Cyle Larin scores Canada’s first against the United States.

Early strike: Cyle Larin scores Canada’s first against the United States.

Canada took a giant step towards its first World Cup qualification in 36 years on Sunday after scoring an upset 2-0 victory over the United States in CONCACAF qualifiers.

A Cyle Larin goal after just seven minutes and an injury time effort from Sam Adekugbe secured all three points for the Canadians at a frigid Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton to extend the home side’s lead at the top of the CONCACAF standings.

The unbeaten Canadians now have 22 points from four games with four fixtures remaining, pulling four points clear of the USA which is second with 18 points.

Canada has emerged as the surprise package from the Central America, North America and the Caribbean qualifying region, and is now firmly on course for only its second trip to the World Cup after reaching the Mexico finals in 1986.

The top three sides in the eight-team round-robin table qualify automatically for this year’s finals in Qatar.

But the defeat piles pressure on USA coach Gregg Berhalter, whose team faces Honduras at home on Wednesday before a tricky final three games in March which includes away trips to Mexico and Costa Rica and a home game against Panama.

The results: Canada 2 (Larin 7, Adekugbe 90+5) bt United States 0.

Panama 3 (Brown 43-og, Davis 51, Ariano Navarro 69) bt Jamaica 2 (Antonio 5, Gray 87).

Mexico 0 drew with Costa Rica 0.

Honduras 0 lost to El Salvador 2 (Bonilla 35, Ceren 90+2) .


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