Mexico beats Canada 3-1 to qualify for Olympics

Marco Fabian had a goal and an assist to lead Mexico to a 3-1

victory over Canada on Saturday night in the semifinals of

CONCACAF’s Olympic qualifying tournament.

Mexico secured its 10th Olympic berth and will meet Honduras in

the championship game on Monday. Mexico did not make it into the

2008 Games.

”We don’t have to relax,” said American-born midfielder Miguel

Angel Ponce, who gave Mexico an insurance goal in the 59th minute.

”We’re in the Olympics, but we have another important game and we

have to do a nice job.”

Mexico has already beaten Honduras 3-0 in the group stage, but

coach Luis Fernando Tena said he would not make wholesale changes

to his lineup for Monday’s game.

”We’re going to maintain the base,” he said. ”We’re going to

make a couple of changes, but nothing too serious.”

The Canadians had to play the last 13 minutes short-handed after

defender Doneil Henry was sent off for his second yellow card.

Mexico took the lead for good in a quick first-half exchange of

goals.

Canada’s Marcus Haber tied it with a header in the 32nd minute,

but a minute later Alan Pulido finished off a give-and-go from

Fabian to make it 2-1.

”You think you’re back in the game, and then all of a sudden

you go down again,” Canada coach Tony Fonseca said. ”Obviously,

that makes everything bad for the team. I thought we kept battling,

kept fighting for things, but unfortunately in that particular

moment it was painful to watch.”