2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Fourth Round

In the CONCACAF Fourth Round of qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the United States, Costa Rica, and Honduras finished in the top three places and qualified directly for the 2014 World Cup. Mexico finished in fourth place and defeated New Zealand in the CONCACAF – OFC play-off to gain a spot in the World Cup. Mexico finished in fourth place ahead of Panama after the United States scored two goals against Panama in stoppage time in the final match of qualifying; had Panama retained its 2–1 lead, they would have finished in fourth place and eliminated Mexico on goals scored, who had qualified for the previous five World Cups.[1]

FormatEdit

The fourth round saw the three group winners and the three group runners-up from the third round compete in a single group of six teams.[2] This stage is referred to as the Hexagonal or Hex, and has been used by CONCACAF to determine its World Cup finals entrants since the qualification tournament for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

The matches were played from 6 February to 15 October 2013. The top three teams advanced to the World Cup finals tournament in Brazil, and the fourth-placed team advanced to a play-off against New Zealand, the winner of the Oceania qualifiers.

Qualified teamsEdit

The qualifiers for this round were determined by 16 October 2012.

Group A Group B Group C

  United States
  Jamaica

  Mexico
  Costa Rica

  Honduras
  Panama

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   United States 10 7 1 2 15 8 +7 22 Qualification to 2014 FIFA World Cup 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0
2   Costa Rica 10 5 3 2 13 7 +6 18 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0
3   Honduras 10 4 3 3 13 12 +1 15 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–0
4   Mexico 10 2 5 3 7 9 −2 11 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–0
5   Panama 10 1 5 4 10 14 −4 8 2–3 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–0
6   Jamaica 10 0 5 5 5 13 −8 5 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1

MatchesEdit

The representative from the six national associations met together on 19 October 2012, but could not agree on the schedule for the fourth round.[3] The draw for the fixtures was conducted by CONCACAF and FIFA on 7 November 2012, in Miami Beach, Florida.[4][5]

Honduras  2–1  United States
J. García   40'
Bengtson   79'
Report Dempsey   36'
Panama  2–2  Costa Rica
Henríquez   15'
R. Torres   27'
Report Saborío   39'
Ruiz   84'
Mexico  0–0  Jamaica
Report

Honduras  2–2  Mexico
Costly   77'
Bengtson   80'
Report Hernández   28', 54'
Jamaica  1–1  Panama
Elliott   23' Report Henríquez   66'

Costa Rica  2–0  Jamaica
Umaña   22'
Calvo   82'
Report
Panama  2–0  Honduras
Tejada   1'
Pérez   74'
Report
Mexico  0–0  United States
Report
Attendance: 85,500

Jamaica  0–1  Mexico
Report De Nigris   48'
Attendance: 16,483

Jamaica  1–2  United States
Beckford   89' Report Altidore   30'
Evans   90+2'
Attendance: 12,130
Panama  0–0  Mexico
Report
Costa Rica  1–0  Honduras
Miller   25' Report

Mexico  0–0  Costa Rica
Report
Honduras  2–0  Jamaica
O. García   10'
Rojas   88'
Report
United States  2–0  Panama
Altidore   36'
E. Johnson   53'
Report
Attendance: 40,847

United States  1–0  Honduras
Altidore   73' Report
Attendance: 20,250
Costa Rica  2–0  Panama
Ruiz   49'
Borges   52'
Report

Mexico  1–2  Honduras
Peralta   6' Report Bengtson   63'
Costly   66'
Attendance: 73,981
Costa Rica  3–1  United States
Acosta   2'
Borges   9'
Campbell   75'
Report Dempsey   43' (pen.)
Panama  0–0  Jamaica
Report

Jamaica  1–1  Costa Rica
Anderson   90+2' Report Brenes   74'
United States  2–0  Mexico
E. Johnson   49'
Donovan   78'
Report
Honduras  2–2  Panama
Costly   28'
Palacios   62'
Report G. Torres   50'
Chen   90+1'

Honduras  1–0  Costa Rica
Bengtson   64' Report
United States  2–0  Jamaica
Zusi   77'
Altidore   81'
Report
Attendance: 18,467
Mexico  2–1  Panama
Peralta   39'
Jiménez   85'
Report Tejada   81'
Attendance: 90,758

Costa Rica  2–1  Mexico
Ruiz   24'
Saborío   63'
Report Peralta   28'
Jamaica  2–2  Honduras
Claros   3' (o.g.)
Austin   59' (pen.)
Report Costly   2'
Figueroa   32'
Panama  2–3  United States
G. Torres   18'
Tejada   83'
Report Orozco   64'
Zusi   90+2'
Jóhannsson   90+3'

GoalscorersEdit

There were 63 goals scored in 30 games, for an average of 2.1 goals per game.

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The fixture Jamaica v Mexico on 18 June was moved to 4 June to allow Mexico to participate in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Steven Goff (16 October 2013). "Wild finish to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: U.S. late goals at Panama rescue Mexico". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil – Preliminary Competition Format and Draw Procedure – North, Central and Caribbean Zone" (PDF). FIFA.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Draw to decide CONCACAF hexagonal schedule". CONCACAF.com. 19 October 2012. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ "CONCACAF to Hold Draw for the Hexagonal Round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers". CONCACAF.com. 5 November 2012. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Hexagonal fixtures confirmed in CONCACAF". FIFA.com. 8 November 2012. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012.

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