Ja­maica, Panama step closer to World Cup

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport -

Ja­maica and Panama are both one match away from a guar­an­teed ap­pear­ance at their first Women’s World Cup af­ter reach­ing the semi­fi­nals of the Con­ca­caf cham­pi­onship, the qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment for next year’s show­piece.

Ja­maica thrashed Cuba 9-0 in Ed­in­burg, Texas on Thurs­day, , to seal sec­ond spot in Group B be­hind Canada and their place in the last four.

A day ear­lier, Panama reached the knock­out stage with a 2-0 win over Mex­ico.

The vic­tory meant Panama fin­ished sec­ond in Group B be- hind world cham­pi­ons the United States.

The two tour­na­ment fi­nal­ists au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify for next year’s World Cup in France, while the other two teams will con­test a play­off to de­ter­mine a third qual­i­fier.

Ja­maica, look­ing to be­come the first Caribbean na­tion to play at the Women’s World Cup, take on the US on Sun­day, while Panama face Canada in the other semi­fi­nal on the same day. The third-place play­off and fi­nal are sched­uled to take place three days later in Frisco. -

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.