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Mexico, Panama play to scoreless draw

Mexican national football team's coach Jose Manuel de la Torre (R) gives instructions to his players
Mexico's Jose Manuel de la Torre (R) instructs his side during their match against Panama.
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Mexico grabbed a goalless World Cup qualifying road draw against Panama on Friday night, moving El Tri level with the United States and Costa Rica on top of CONCACAF's Hexagonal group with an extra game at hand.

Without much action in the first half and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez controlled by Panama's defense for better part of the second half, Jose Manuel de la Torre's side failed to follow up their 1-0 road victory against Jamaica earlier in the week.

Panama striker Blas Perez had the clear chance for the Central American side in the second half, but his shot was saved by Mexican keeper Jesus Corona who clearly saved the shot.

The top three in the group qualify automatically for Brazil 2014 while the fourth-placed nation - currently Panama - enters a further intercontinental playoff.

Costa Rica beat Honduras 1-0 thanks to a 25th minute goal by New York Red Bulls defender Roy Miller. The result left Honduras in fifth place, two points behind Panama, who secured a creditable home draw against Mexico.

Jamaica is last in the group with just two points from five games following their 2-1 loss to the United States, leaving the Reggae Boyz a mountain to climb in the remaining five qualifying matches.

The next round of games is on Wednesday when Mexico hosts Costa Rica, Honduras is at home against Jamaica and Panama travels to take on the United States.

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