Another loss, this time to Honduras, saw the Maple Leafs' World Cup hopes disappear. Meanwhile, Costa Rica clinched a spot in the next round, and El Salvador took another step closer to advancement.Honduras 3 - 1 Canada
Despite optimism a few months ago, Canada were eliminated from the 2010 World Cup qualification on Saturaday night as Honduras buried them in the second-half in San Pedro Sula.
In the 9th minute, Walter Martinez gave the home team the lead. Amado Guevara started the move, playing Wilson Palacios in. The Wigan man floated the ball into Martinez, who made no mistake with his gorgeous right-footed volley.
The Canadians equalized in the 54th minute through an unlikely source: Andrew Hainault. The Sparta Prague defender was first to a rebound after Kevin McKenna’s header ricocheted off the bar.
But Carlos Costly restored Honduras’s lead 11 minutes later with a long range blast that found the upper 90. Hendry Thomas sealed the win in the final minute with a header on a cross from Elvis Turcios.
Honduras now sit atop Group B, ahead of Mexico on goals scored, which Canada fall to last place, with just one point and once again on the outside looking in. The Maple Leafs, who sorely missed midfield magician Dwayne DeRosario, out through suspension, have not qualified for the World Cup finals since 1986.
Suriname 1 - 4 Costa Rica
The Ticos advanced to the hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying after routing little Suriname thanks to goals from Walter Centeno and Celso Borges. Costa Rica are calmly in control of Group C.
Deportivo Saprissa midfielder Centeno opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and his club teammate Borges doubled the lead in the 41st.
Another Saprissa man, Armando Alonso, tripled the lead two minutes after the break, notching his third goal in qualifying.
Clifton Sandvliet then scored for Suriname a minute later, but the game was over by then.
Costa Rica’s Alonso Solis finished the scoring in the 78th.
Suriname are now in last place in Group C with virtually no chance of advancing to the next round.
Haiti 0 - 0 El Salvador
Facing off against the minnows of Group C, El Salvador put in a workmanlike performance to earn a share of the points and put themselves nearly into the Hexagona.
El Salvador will move on with a draw on Wednesday night when Suriname -- who have only one point in four games -- come to San Salvador.
Haiti are all but done. They must win both games and hope that El Salvador lose their two remaining matches if they are to have any chance of moving on.