Héctor Moreno (15), from the Mexico national team, celebrates with his teammate Hirving Lozano, after scoring against El Salvador, in a World Cup qualifying match, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (AP Photo / Moisés Castle)

SAN SALVADOR (AP) – Without showing much more than a goal from Héctor Moreno in the first half and a penalty converted by Raúl Jiménez in the agony, Mexico won 2-0 on Wednesday during his visit to El Salvador, to lead alone the qualifying for the World Cup next year.

At 30 minutes, a corner kick led to the first goal for the visitors, who took advantage of the aerial game. Moreno, the central defender of Monterrey executed an accurate header to the second post to beat goalkeeper Mario González, who remained immobile.

Just started the second half, the Salvadoran team seemed to complicate their situation even more, due to the expulsion of Mario Jacobo, who cut off an advance by Rogelio Funes Mori, who was in danger of scoring.

Paradoxically, a Tri who had exercised dominance and had some good approaches in Cuscatlán ostensibly deteriorated with the numerical superiority, canceled after a blow delivered by Néstor Araujo, who took the second yellow at 67.

But in the discounts, Jiménez received a foul within the area. England’s Wolverhampton forward himself did justice to himself by converting the penalty, to widen the gap.

Those led by Gerardo Martino reached 14 points and lead the final octagonal towards Qatar, with three units ahead of the United States.

El Salvador, which does not lift its head, shares with Jamaica the penultimate place, after stagnating at five units, two below Panama, which has for now the ticket to an intercontinental playoff.

From the start of the game, Mexico was superior to the local team, pressing their exit. Over time, the host got out of control and failed to react.

At 29 minutes, Mexico gave a first warning. Carlos Rodriguez fired a shot that goalkeeper González sent down the finish line.

On the corner kick, Moreno slipped between the Salvadoran defenders to silence the more than 31,000 fans at Cuscatlán.

El Salvador got out of control and Mexico got bigger. Two minutes after the goal, Hirving Lozano went down the left wing and discarding the rivals’ mark, he headed through the center to unleash a ball that he tried to hit the post. Gonzalez reacted and avoided the second Mexican goal.

If El Salvador thought to react in the final stage, the situation got complicated in the 56th minute, central defender Mario Jacobo received the direct red.

With one more man on the court, Mexico sought to score, a mission outlined in recent days by Martino, but failed to capture his superiority in so many.

When the game was about to end and when both teams were playing with 10, Jiménez entered the Salvadoran large area, but was knocked down by defender Eduardo Vigil and the penalty was scored by the Mexican striker.

In their next meetings, El Salvador hosts Jamaica on November 12, before visiting Panama on November 16.

Mexico will visit the United States and Canada.

Héctor Moreno (15), from the Mexico national team, celebrates with his teammate Hirving Lozano, after scoring against El Salvador, in a World Cup qualifying match, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (AP Photo / Moisés Castle)

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