Qatar 2022 – Zone CONCACAF
- Three tickets to the CONCACAF Octagonal Championship at stake.
- Three double confrontations on the program.
- Saint Kitts and Nevis and Curaçao continue to surprise.
No time to breathe. The six caps from North, Central America and the Caribbean that have qualified for the second round of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar ™ are set to take on a new challenge.
They now have to face their respective opponents in home and away matches. The three victorious nations of these double confrontations will complete the final octagonal mini-championship, where Costa Rica, the United States, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico await them. It is at the end of this final round that the three directly qualifying places and the play-off ticket will be allocated.
FIFA.com presents the forces in the presence of this second round.
🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and Nevis – Salvador 🇸🇻
Saint Kitts and Nevis is one of the surprises of this preliminary competition. The Sugar Boyz had already qualified before the last day of Group F, which they approached with a record of three wins and no conceded goals. They will have a hard time facing El Salvador, a team that has World Cup experience and has shown great offensive efficiency.
In the Salvadoran workforce, David Rugamas is the team’s top scorer with six units, all without being a holder.
Since the start of the campaign, Saint Kitts and Nevis have established themselves as a versatile and solid team in defense, even if they have the worst offensive record of the six qualifiers, with eight goals scored.
🇭🇹 Haiti – Canada 🇨🇦
Canada confirmed its status as favorites by taking pole position in Group B. Canucks completed the first round with a goal difference of +26 which says a lot about their firepower.
One of the headliners of the North Americans is Alphonso Davies, author of four goals and five assists. Thanks to their work in the creative circuit, Cyle Karin and Lucas Cavallini have scored five goals each.
For its part, Haiti presents statistics a little more discreet but more than respectable which invite Canadians to be careful: 13 goals scored and none conceded. Nicaragua, who had ten goals on the clock before facing the Haitians, did not manage to overwhelm them.
🇵🇦 Panama – Curacao 🇨🇼
Curaçao is the other revelation of these CONCACAF qualifiers. In a tough Group C including Guatemala, an experienced nation, he managed to get a goalless draw against the Chapines, which he was ahead of on goal difference.
Curaçao will be able to draw on a wide range of offensive solutions, as nine of its players found the net in the first phase.
For its part, Panama hopes to confirm its historic qualification for Russia 2018. To access the octagonal championship, the Canaleros will be based on a renewed group giving pride of place to the youth, led by their top scorer Gabriel Torres.