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Soccer-Mexico battle Panama to 1-1 draw in World Cup qualifiers

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September 9, 2021

(Reuters) – Jesus Corona fired home an equalizer in the 76th minute as Mexico battled Panama to a 1-1 draw at the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday.

Panama were the aggressors early and Roland Blackburn broke through when he pounced on a deflected shot and slotted it home in the 28th minute to give the home side the lead.

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Mexico went into attack mode in the second half and Corona scored after he gathered a ball that rebounded off the post and hammered it past keeper Luis Mejia on a rainy night in Panama City.

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With the draw, Mexico now lead the eight-team table with seven points from three games, two points ahead of Canada, who defeated El Salvador 3-0 earlier in the day.

Mexico also enjoy a two point advantage over Panama, who like Canada have five points after two draws and one victory.

Mexico next will pay a visit to Canada while Panama host El Salvador on Oct. 7.

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(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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