Reggae Boyz get historic first win in final round of World Cup qualifying
Miami, Fl. – Jamaica Reggae Boyz ended their search for a first win in the final round of Concacaf qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar in style with a historic 2-0 win over Honduras on Wednesday.
Mexico remained on the top of standings with a 2-0 win over El Salvador, a string of second half goals carried Canada past Panama 4-1, and the United States grabbed a 2-1 win over Costa Rica in the other matches.
The results meant that the Jamaicans have five points and moved out of the basement of the standings to sixth ahead of El Salvador thanks to goal difference, and the Hondurans, on three points.
The Mexicans still lead the table with 14 points with the Americans in second on 11, the Canadians in third on 10 followed by the Panamanians on eight and Costa Rica on six.
The top three teams from the Concacaf qualifiers move directly into the World Cup and the fourth-placed team enters an intercontinental playoff for another shot to reach Qatar 2022.
In San Pedro Sula, Honduras: Kemar Roofe and Oniel Fisher scored on either side of halftime and revived the hopes of Theodore Whitmore’s side, as the Jamaicans landed their first win on Honduran soil at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.
Roofe, who plays for Scottish Premiership giants Rangers, scored his debut goal for the Reggae Boyz in the 38th minute when he redirected a shot from inside the box by Shamar Nicholson past Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez to give the visitors the lead.
Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake and his defence held firm under wave after wave of attacks from the Hondurans before Fisher, who plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer in the U.S., doubled the Reggae Boyz’s lead in the 80th minutes.
The on-rushing centre back met a pass, charged into the Honduran box, and took a hard shot that beat a despairing dive from Lopez.