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Mexico reach Hexagonal by beating Canada 2-0

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The Mexico national team secured a place in the Hexagonal of the CONCACAF with a 2-0 win over Canada at the Estadio Azteca on Tuesday night.

El Tri needed just a draw to go through to the next round of World Cup qualifying as Andres Guardado and Jesus "Tecatito" Corona were both on target for Mexico to earn their fourth straight World Cup qualifying win.

Canada, who has not reached the Hexagonal since 1996, came to Mexico having been defeated 3-0 on Friday, and it was not long before Mexico were on the front foot with Marco Fabian opening the visiting side up before being pushed inside the area for a penalty.

Andres Guardado stepped up and converted towards Milan Borjan's bottom right corner to give the hosts the lead.

At the other end, Jose de Jesus Corona produced a good reaction save to palm away a shot from Marcel de Jong after 30 minutes.

Mexico continued to play an attacking game and were almost two goals ahead when Borjan was alert to get down to black a shot from Marco Fabian.

Miguel Layun then missed a chance to make it 2-0 when he dragged a shot only inches above the crossbar.

El Tri eventually doubled their lead just before half-time through an exceptional strike from Jesus "Tecatito" Corona. The 23-year-old produced a lovely turn and fired home in impressive fashion to score the 2-0 for the hosts.

It was an incredible way to end the first half and likely put an end to Canada's chances.

In the second half, the Estadio Azteca gave a warm welcome to Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who came on for the final 25 minutes of the game.

Chicharito started with some intent, but with the game essentially over after 45 minutes, the night ended dully with zero shots on target in the second half from both sides.

Mexico became the first CONCACAF team qualified to the next round of World Cup qualifying and will take the field next on May 28 against Paraguay in a tune-up match ahead of the Copa America Centenario.