HAMILTON, Canada (AP) — Canada beat the United States for just the second time in 37 years, winning 2-0 on Sunday thanks to goals from Cyle Larin and Sam Adekugbe and took a huge step toward qualifying for its first World Cup since 1986.
Larin set up the win for undefeated Canada by opening the account in the seventh minute, capitalizing on a clearance that fell just short of goalkeeper Matt Turner. It was the 12th goal for the Turkish Besiktas striker throughout this CONCACAF qualifying process.
Adekugbe, who also plays in the Turkish league with Hatayspor, dribbled behind the United States and beat Turner with a shot from long range in the fifth minute of extra time. The winger debuted his scoring account with the national team.
Canada beat the United States in World Cup qualifying for the first time since 1980 and leads the final eighth going into Qatar 2022 with 22 points. The United States is second with 18, followed by Mexico (17), Panama (14), Costa Rica (12), Jamaica (seven), El Salvador (six) and Honduras (three).
The top three go directly to this year’s World Cup, while the fourth will play a playoff against the first from Oceania, probably New Zealand.