Jamaica hold Canada to draw in World Cup qualifier

Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:26pm EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada were held to a 1-1 draw by Jamaica in the opening Group Two match of their CONCACAF World Cup third round qualifiers at BMO Field on Wednesday.

Spain-based midfielder Julian de Guzman put the home team ahead in the 47th minute before the Jamaicans levelled five minutes later through an own goal by Canada goalkeeper Pat Onstad.

Mexico and Honduras are also in Group Two for this round of home and away qualifiers which ends on November 19.

The top two in each of the three groups qualify for next year's final round robin stage, from which three teams go through to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The fourth-placed team faces a playoff against the fifth-placed team in South America.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)

<p>Jamaica's Wolry Wofe battles for the ball with Canada's Patrice Bernier (C) and Julian de Guzman (L) during the first half of their 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match in Toronto, August 20, 2008. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>