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Soccer roundup: US holds off Mexico for key draw

Brad Guzan

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Brad Guzan swatted away shot after shot for the Americans.

Brad Guzan swatted away shot after shot and the Americans hung on for a 0-0 draw with Mexico Tuesday night at Mexico City, earning only their second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.

‘‘It’s always going to be a bit hectic and a bit crazy, especially late in the game,’’ Guzan said. ‘‘You’re never going to come to a place like Azteca and go out and have it nice and easy. So we knew at some point, it was going to come, the pressure was going to come, and we were able to deal with it.’’

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The tie moved the US (1-1-1) into third place in World Cup qualifying for the North and Central American and Caribbean region after three of 10 matches, one point behind Panama and behind Costa Rica on goal difference. The Americans and Costa Ricans both have four points, but the Ticos are ahead on goal difference.

After playing at Jamaica on June 7, the US will be at home for four of its last six qualifiers.

‘‘We wanted to win, but we are pleased with the result,’’ coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. ‘‘They gave us everything they have.’’

Mexico coach Manuel de la Torre is sure to come under fire after a third straight draw, which dropped El Tri (0-0-3) to second-to-last place in the standings.

Mexico had plenty of chances with a whopping 17-1 advantage in shots, but El Tri was plagued by poor finishing and dismal execution on set pieces.

Mexico had 15 corner kicks, including three in the last two minutes of stoppage time, and Guzan body-blocked a dangerous shot by Angel Reyna.

Spain 1, France 0 — At Paris, the World Cup champs reclaimed first place in their qualifying group as Pedro Rodriguez scored in the 58th for Spain, which is now a point ahead of France in Group 1.

England 1, Montenegro 1 — Host Montenegro remained two points ahead of England atop Group H after Dejan Damjanovic’s goal in the 76th minute salvaged a draw for the hosts.

Egypt 2, Zimbabwe 1 — Mohamed Aboutrika’s penalty kick in the 88th minute rewarded the 10,000 fans allowed in to watch a Pharoahs home game for the first time in more than a year.

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