DALLAS (AP) Rogelio Funes Mori scored twice and Orbelin Pineda added a goal to lead defending champion Mexico over Guatemala 3-0 on Wednesday night in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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Funes Mori, a 30-year-old born in Argentina, scored his second and third goals for Mexico. He made his debut in a June 3 exhibition against Nigeria and was playing his third international match.
Mexico had opened Group A with a 0-0 draw against Trinidad and Tobago, and Guatemala lost to El Salvador 2-0. Mexico closes the group stage against El Salvador on Sunday in Dallas.
In a match delayed by a storm, Funes Mori put El Tri ahead in the 29th minute, chesting a lofted pass from Hector Herrera just inside the penalty area, cutting the ball back to his right foot and beating goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen from 12 yards.
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Funes Mori doubled the lead in the 55th with a right-footed shot from 8 yards off a cross from Pineda, and Pineda added a goal on a 6-yard leaping header in the 79th from a Luis Rodriguez cross.
El Salvador beat Trinidad and Tobago to reach quarterfinals
At Frisco, Texas, El Salvador (2-0) assured itself a quarterfinals berth with a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.
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Goals came from Jairo Henriquez in the 30th minute and Walmer Martinez in the first minute of second-half stoppage time.
The Soca Warriors have a draw and a loss going into Saturday’s game against Guatemala in Frisco.
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