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Canada 3, Guatemala 2

October 16, 1988

BURNABY, British Columbia (AP) _ The United States’ chances of advancing to the 1990 World Cup finals were boosted Saturday when Canada, considered the top team in the North and Central American and Carribean region, was eliminated by Guatemala.

Canada, which lost 1-0 on the road last Sunday, beat Guatemala 3-2 Saturday. Because the total-goals series was deadlocked 3-3, Guatemala advanced because it had more away goals.

Guatemala advances to five-nation third round with the United States, Costa Rica and the winners of matches between El Salvador and the Netherlands Antilles and Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago. The five nations in the third round will play a round-robin series next year and the top two teams will advance to the 24-nation finals in Italy.

Adam Paniagua gave Guatemala a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute and Carlos Castanada made it 2-0 with eight minutes remaining in the first half.

Dale Mitchell pulled Canada within a goal 17 minutes into the second half and tied the game on a penalty kick with eight minutes left after John Fitzgerald was pulled down in the penalty area. Ian Bridge scored on a header with two minutes left.

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