Mexico beat US 1-0 in men’s Olympic football qualifying

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GUADALAJARA (MEXICO), March 25 (AP): Uriel Antuna scored the only goal following a sloppy giveaway by Sebastian Soto in the 45th minute which helped Mexico beat the United States 1-0 at Guadalajara in qualifying for the men’s Olympic football tournaments.
Both teams were already assured of advancing from Group A to semifinal berths on Sunday. The United States finished Group B in second place and will play Honduras, unless Canada beats the Catrachos in Thursday’s finale of Group B.
Mexico, the 2012 Olympic champion, won its 14th straight Olympic qualifier dating to 2008 and finished first in Group A.
Semifinal winners from the North and Central American and Caribbean region get the final two places in the 16-nation field for the Olympics, to be played from July 21 to Aug 7 in Tokyo, Kashima, Miyagi, Saitama, Sapporo and Yokohama.
Antuna, a 23-year-old Chivas winger who spent 2019 on loan to LA Galaxy from Manchester City, picked up a loose ball about 35 yards from goal after Soto mis-hit a casual backpass following a feed upfield from Henry Kessler.
Antuna took several touches to keep space from Kessler and Maurico Pineda as he cut to the edge of the arc, then beat goalkeeper David Ochoa with a right-footed shot for his second goal of the tournament.
The U.S. men failed to qualify for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, a trend that was followed by the failure of the senior national team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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