Canada book Qatar 2022 spot with USA close to qualifying – World Cup qualifiers roundup | Soccer News
The United States celebrated qualifying for the World Cup a game too soon after beating Panama 5-1, with the players unfurling a ‘Qualified’ banner in front of fans as their place at Qatar 2022 was yet to be made official .
Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic scored a hat-trick as the USA took the win while Mexico needed a 70th-minute goal from Edson Alvarez to win 1-0 and avoid a humiliating draw with Honduras without a win.
A loss of six or more goals would send the United States into a World Cup play-off, most likely against New Zealand. Although such a defeat seems unlikely, Pulisic insisted the banner was an honest mistake and not a sign that his side are taking everything for granted.
“The guys had no idea what he was saying. It was just handed to them,” he explained. “Once we’ve achieved it – there’s no need to show it off because we still have work to do.
“We’re approaching it honestly like any other game. We’re going to prepare exactly as we would if we needed a win.”
Canada qualified for the World Cup final for only the second time, beating Jamaica 4-0 to book their ticket to Qatar and end 36 years of failure and heartbreak.
While Canada celebrated, Mexico and the United States will have to wait to find out their fate despite wins with Costa Rica, which also kept their hopes alive in Qatar.
Canada’s victory puts the leaders on 28 points in the CONCACAF qualifying group, three points ahead of the United States and Mexico, with Costa Rica, who beat El Salvador 2-1, three points clear.
The top three teams earn automatic berths at November’s World Cup, with fourth place facing a side from Oceania in an intercontinental playoff for another berth.
Mexico will host El Salvador on Wednesday, the United States will travel to San Jose to face Costa Rica and Canada will conclude its campaign against Panama. Mexico and the United States only need a draw to seal an automatic spot.
After failing to clinch a place in the final with a 1-0 away loss to Costa Rica on Thursday, Canada returned home with a renewed goal and a chance to finish the job in front of a frenetic home crowd, dressed in red, waving the flag and sold out. crowd of nearly 30,000 at BMO Field.
“I’m so glad we didn’t win in Costa Rica,” Canada coach John Herdman said. “That’s how it was supposed to be, I know why the football gods wouldn’t let us score, that was for tonight.
“We just qualified for the World Cup, it’s a legitimate football country.”
There would be no missed second chance as Cyle Larin and Tajon Buchanan scored in the first half and Junior Hoilett added another after the break with Adrian Mariappa’s own goal to complete the scoring.
Canada will be at the World Cup for the first time since 1986 in Mexico, where it lost all three games and scored zero.
“I think this country never believed in us because we gave them nothing to believe in,” Herdman said. “They believe now.
“Now is the time for everyone to support football and unite because we can be a power.”
It was a warm welcome home on a chilly afternoon, making it the classic Canadian leg to face a Jamaican side entrenched near the bottom of the eight-team group in seventh, with a win and no hope of a win. reach Qatar.
There was a time during their 36-year quest to return to a World Cup final when playing at home was no different for Canada, with as many fans backing the visitors as the home side.
But there were no split loyalties on Sunday in a lopsided competition that Canada dominated from start to finish.
Who is in the European qualifying play-offs?
While England have sealed automatic qualification by virtue of being the head of their group, Scotland, Wales and that of Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal must go through the play-offs, from which three other teams will qualify in March.
But because Scotland and Wales have been started on the same path, it means Scotland and Wales will face off for a place at next year’s World Cup if Scotland progress. Ukraine in their delayed play-off semi-final.
Portugal will face North Macedonia in path C after Italy crashed out in the semi-finals as Sweden will assume Polandwho were exempted in their semi-final against Russia.
When is the draw?
By the end of March, we will know 28 of the 32 participants in the first Winter World Cup. The final three places will be decided in the Intercontinental qualifiers in June as well as the European qualifier final which has been delayed due to the Ukraine-Russia crisis.
The draw for the tournament takes place on Friday, April 1, 2022, at the DECC venue in Doha, Qatar, around 5:00 p.m. BST.
What is the print format?
The 32 nations involved in the 2022 World Cup will be divided into eight groups of four.
Host nation Qatar will take the top spot in Group A. The other nations will be split into four pots based on FIFA rankings, with the top-rated teams joining Qatar in pot one.
Each group will have no more than one nation from any confederation, with the exception of Europe which cannot have more than two nations in a single group.