MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Rocky Rodriguez and Maria Paula Salas scored within the opening half and Costa Rica went on to win its opening group-stage match 3-0 over Panama on Tuesday evening within the CONCACAF W Championship.
The match serves as qualifying for subsequent summer season’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
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Rodriguez, who performs for the Portland Thorns within the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League, scored on a header within the sixth minute. Salas scored within the twenty fourth.
Katherine Alvarado transformed on a penalty for Costa Rica within the sixtieth minute.
Costa Rica and Panama are in Group B with Canada and Trinidad & Tobago, who play within the late recreation.
Eight groups have been divided into two teams for the match. The highest two finishers in every group earn spots within the 2023 World Cup. The third-place finishers will go on to a 10-team intercontinental playoff in February in New Zealand.
The winner of the match will even earn one of many area’s spots within the 2024 Olympics.
Costa Rica has been to the World Cup simply as soon as earlier than, in 2015. Panama has by no means certified for worldwide soccer’s most prestigious occasion.
The US, Mexico, Jamaica and Haiti are in Group A.