Mexico clinches World Cup berth

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Mexico has clinched its fourth straight World Cup berth by defeating Panama 5-0.

Mexico clinches World Cup berth

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Mexico has clinched its fourth straight World Cup berth by defeating Panama 5-0. Mexico took the lead in the 31st minute when Panamanian defender Gabriel Gomez outleaped Jared Borgetti on a corner kick and Luis Perez scored off the rebound from 15 meters. In the 54th minute, Rafael Marquez maneuvered himself into the penalty box and gently headed home a goal off a free kick by Pavel Pardo. Borgetti scored five minutes later with a penalty kick that narrowly slipped past the fingertips of goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. Francisco Fonseca scored off of a pass from Gonzalo Pineda in the 75th minute. Pardo struck two minutes later with a long-distance shot through the rattled Panamanian defense. Complete domination Mexico's domination was so complete that the Panamanians were unable to manage any shot that looked remotely dangerous. But Mexico's efforts to get the ball to Borgetti were frustrated by the height and strength of the bigger Panamanian players. The excitement at qualifying appeared to have been tempered by Saturday's 2-0 loss in the United States. Only about 35,000 Mexican fans showed up for the match at the 105,000-seat Azteca Stadium. (AP)

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