Canada missed the World Cup qualification with a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica. After losing to a man on Thursday evening (local time), the leaders of the North and Central American final group lose only one point to their second World Cup participation in its history. Marc Anthony Kay received a second yellow card in the 34th minute, and Celso Borges scored the winning goal shortly before the end of the first half.
Costa Rica moved up to fourth in the standings with a home win and kept their Qatar trip hopes alive. The top three teams from CONCACAF qualify directly for the World Cup finals at the end of the year, with the fourth-placed teams participating in the qualifiers against a team from Oceania.
The United States and Mexico, who were separated 0-0 in a direct duel, are still tied for second and third places. The two teams are three points behind Canada and three points behind Costa Rica, with 22 points each. There are still two game days left.
Canada meets Jamaica in the penultimate round on Sunday. The United States face Panama, which slipped to fifth after a 1-1 draw with Honduras, but there are still chances of a direct qualification for the World Cup. Honduras is at the bottom of the standings and hosts Mexico in the penultimate qualifiers.
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