Mexico 5th nation to qualify for Russia 2018

PSV Eindhoven’s Lozano struck the winner in the second half[/caption] Mexico has become the latest nation to book qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be staged in Russia. A lone goal victory over Panama on Friday made El Tri the first team from CONCACAF to make it to next year’s global showpiece. Substitute Hirving Lozano made an instant impact when he struck home the only goal at the Estadio Azteca. It was the 1970 and 1986 hosts’ fifth consecutive win in the campaign. With three games to spare, the Mexicans leave the five remaining countries with two-and-a-half slots to scramble for. They next play Costa Rica, who are on the verge of picking one of the slots having beaten USA 2-0  away. The qualification is Mexico’s seventh in a row and 16th overall. Their best performance came on home soil as they finished as quarter-finalists on two occasions. Mexico become the fifth nation after hosts Russia, Brazil, Iran and Japan to book their ticket for the 21st edition of the world cup. By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana ]]>

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