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Mexico and the USA are safe starting places

Mexico has qualified for the World Cup for the eighth time in a row and is in one of the draws in Friday’s draw along with Canada and the United States. The 2-0 win over El Salvador on Wednesday night (local time) saw the team move to second place in the CONCACAF table.

Nestor Araujo (Mexico) and Eric Calvilo (El Salvador)

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The United States lost their last qualifier 2-0 to Costa Rica without Salzburg’s Brenden Aronson, but thanks to a better goal difference, they maintained an equal points lead in the table and are also in Qatar after missing the World Cup in Russia four years ago. Costa Rica plays a playoff against Oceania New Zealand, which defeated the Solomon Islands.

Canada had already qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986 and for the second time in its history at the weekend and managed to get past a 0-1 draw in Panama. Because of the significantly better goal difference, the Canadians also maintained the group winners.

Participant in the World Cup 2022

Europe (12 of 13 starting positions): Denmark, Germany, Belgium, France, Croatia, Switzerland, Serbia, Spain, England, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal.

Asia (5/5-6): Qatar (host country), Iran, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Japan

South America (4/4-5): Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador

North and Central America/Caribbean (3 / 3-4): Canada, Mexico, USA

Africa (5/5): Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia

Oceania (0-1)