Mexico clinches Olympic berth; Canada to face U.S. in playoff decider

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In terms of rivalry bravado, Mexico has the first win of the night ahead of Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup final against the United States men’s national team.

Erick “Cubo” Torres scored a header goal in the sixth minute, and Hirving Lozano added a second-half goal as Mexico eased comfortably past Canada to ensure a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio with a 2-0 win in Utah.

The U.S. fell to Honduras in the earlier semifinal.

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The Canadians will now need to beat the United States in the third-place game on Tuesday for the right to play CONMEBOL’s Colombia for the right to go to the Olympics.

Torres rose to power home a header at the far post to put an early dent in Canada’s hopes, while Lozano absolutely labeled a letter to the upper left corner with his 57th minute goal from the right side of the 18.

Mexico out shot Canada 19-6, and completed nearly 300 more passes in the win.