Posted on September 12, 2012
GEORGETOWN, Guyana — In what had to be the most thrilling CONCACAF World Cup qualifier of the night, El Salvador edged Guyana in a Group B match at National Stadium on Tuesday night.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Central Americans.
Rafael Burgos snapped a 2-2 deadlock in the 76th minute to give the Salvadorans (1-1-2, five points) a much-needed win to climb over Costa Rica (1-2-1, four) in the race for the second spot behind Mexico. Guyana (one) fell to 0-3-1.
Gregory Richardson gave the Guyanese the lead with an 18-yard goal in the opening minute, but the visitors equalized behind Osael Romero’s header in the 12th minute.
El Salvador grabbed the lead in the 56th minute behind a Jaime Alas goal past goakeeper Richard Reynolds. This time it was Guyana’s time to come back as Chris Nurse connected from close range in the 62nd minute before Burgos, who is on loan to Kecskeméti TE (Hungary) saved the Salvadorans’ skins some 14 minutes later.
In a vital confrontration. El Salvador will host Costa Rica on Oct. 12 before traveling to Mexico four days later.
Guyana, which has put up a brave fight in the semifinal round despite not registering a win, will play host to the Mexicans on Oct. 12 before closing out the group stage four days later in Costa Rica.
Categories: Caribbean, Central America, El Salvador, Guyana, World Cup Qualifying
Tags: Chris Nurse, Gregory Richardson, Jaime Alas, Rafael Burgos