El Salvador’s resistance lasted half an hour this Wednesday at the Cuscatlán stadium due to a header from Héctor Moreno and after 93 minutes Raúl Jiménez rounded off by hitting a penalty to give Mexico an incontestable 0-2 victory.
El Tri was affirmed with 14 points out of 18 possible at the top of the octagonal Concacaf final for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The defeat collapsed the Salvadoran team to the penultimate place in the league with 5 points, the same that Jamaica added today to get out of the pit and reach the sixth seat.
After the break, just three minutes before the resumption of the game, things became even more complicated for the locals due to the direct red that defender Mario Jacobo saw for a violent foul on Rogelio Funes Mori, the Argentine nationalized Mexican striker.
The numerical balance on the court returned in the 67th minute when Celta de Vigo defender Néstor Araújo saw the second yellow card.
The goal in the first half was all that the pupils of Argentine coach Gerardo Martino needed to play calmly on a court that has been hostile to them in recent times, as well as to dose forces and shore up their first place in the standings, to three points from the United States.
What neither Salvadorans nor Mexicans expected was a greater distance with the penalty executed by Jiménez at the last gasp.