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Mexico drew 1-1 against Costa Rica on Thursday as Panama’s 1-0 win over Canada secured Mexico first-place in group B and a spot at the U-17 FIFA World Cup.
El Tri needed a victory against Costa Rica to avoid qualification via playoff and took the first-half lead when Claudio Zumudio buried it home from close range.
Mexico did their best to sustain the lead, but in the 85th minute, Barlon Sequeira headed leveled for Costa Rica.
With the final result at 1-1, Mexico needed a Canada draw or defeat to steer clear of a possible USMNT playoff tie.
The Canadians fell behind early after Damaso Santos gave Panama a 1-0 lead, and despite Canada’s best efforts, Panama held on for the three points.
Mexico will now face the hosts, Honduras, in the U-17 CONCACAF Championship Final game with their qualification to the World Cup guaranteed.
The U-17 FIFA World Cup will be held in Chile and starts on October 17.