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October 15, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Crazy final day of CONCACAF qualifying: USA saves Mexico’s World Cup hopes

What a wild final day of World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region.

Let’s get right to it. All three games were played simultaneously and Mexico was just a few minutes away from elimination — seriously. Then, a late comeback by the U.S. in Panama changed it all up at the last second.

A 3-2 win by Jurgen Klinsmann and Co. stunningly gave El Tri fourth place, meaning they’ll play a home-and-home series with New Zealand to get into next summer’s World Cup in Brazil. (Check out the Mexican broadcast above)

Panama, which has never made the World Cup, would have earned that designation if they had held a late lead against the USMNT. Jamaica finished last in the group.

Joining the U.S. with automatic berths are Costa Rica and Honduras.

Here are Tuesday’s results and the final standings (top three qualify, fourth place enters playoff with New Zealand):

Costa Rica 2-1 Mexico
Jamaica 2-2 Honduras
Panama 2-3 USA

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Team Points Record Goal differential
USMNT 22 7-2-1 +7
Costa Rica 18 5-2-3 +6
Honduras 15 4-3-3 +1
Mexico 11 2-3-5 -2
Panama 8 1-4-5 -4
Jamaica 5 0-5-5 -8

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