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Mexico win opening World Cup qualifier, US stutter


MEXICO CITY, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) — Alexis Vega and Henry Martin scored second-half goals as Mexico began their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-1 home win over Jamaica on Thursday.

Vega fired the hosts ahead just after half-time when he cut around two defenders before slotting a low shot past goalkeeper Andre Blake.

Shamar Nicolson equalized with a 65th-minute strike but Martin restored Mexico’s lead in the 89th minute by latching onto Luis Romo’s backheel and sweeping home a sublime first-time effort from distance.

Meanwhile, the United States endured a frustrating night in San Salvador as they were held to a goalless draw by El Salvador.

In other Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, Canada were held to a 1-1 home draw by Honduras and Panama drew 0-0 at home to Costa Rica.