Mexico avoided the unthinkable but just barely. It got goals early in both halves from Argentine-born Guillermo Franco
and edged Trinidad & Tobago, 2-1, at Azteca Stadium to move into fourth place at the halfway point of World Cup 2010 qualifying in the Concacaf zone. Honduras remained
third, behind Costa Rica and the USA, with a 1-0 win over visiting El Salvador.
Mexico received a scare when T&T's new star, Hayden Tinto
Mexico goalie Oscar Rojas
in stoppage time at the end of the first half.
The win was only the second in five games for Mexico.
"It's not ideal to have taken just six of 15 possible points," said
Mexico coach Javier
, who replaced Swede Sven Goran Eriksson
three games into the Hexagonal. "That's not even half. We hope we're better in the second half of
campaign and reach the World Cup."
American referee Baldomero Toledo
had his hands full in San Pedro Sula, handing out six yellow cards in the
Honduras-El Salvador game. Honduran star Wilson Palacios
picked up his second card, meaning he'll miss the Catrachos' next game on Aug. 12 against Costa
Rica. June 10 in Mexico City Mexico 2 Trinidad & Tobago.
Goals: Franco 1, Rojas 48; Tinto 45.
Perez, Rodriguez, Salcido, Osorio, Rojas, Castro, Esquivel (Medina 53), Guardado, Castillo (Sabah 35), Blanco, Franco (Dos Santos 77) Trinidad & Tobago --
Ince, Hislop, Abu Bakr, Andrews, Edwards, Birchall, Noel (Spann 72), Keon (Baptiste 80), Tinto, Jones (Jorsling 54), Yorke. Referee:
Jose Benigno (Honduras) June 10 in San Pedro Sula Honduras 1 El
Goal: Pavon 14 Honduras --
Valladares, Sabillon, Chavez, Figueroa, Izaguirre, Guevara, Palacios, Nunez (W.Martinez, 72), de Leon
(Thomas, 83), Costly (Bernardez 90) Pavon. El Salvador --
Montes, Gonzalez, Pacheco (Torres, 89), Escobar, Salazar, Corea, Sanchez, Quintanilla,
J.Martinez, Castillo, Corrales (Reyes, 80). Referee:
Baldomero Toledo (USA).