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Mexico reaches final 6 in CONCACAF

Associated Press Published: September 12, 2012

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico booked its berth in the final round of regional qualifying for the 2014 World Cup by beating Costa Rica 1-0 on Tuesday, with Javier Hernandez scoring the winner in the 61st minute.

Manchester United forward Hernandez scored on a centering pass from Jorge Torres Nilo, and beat Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas.

Mexico is the first team in the CONCACAF region to be guaranteed a spot in the final six-nation group which will play off for three spots at Brazil 2014.

Mexico qualified from Group B. Two teams will advance from each of the three groups — A, B and C.