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Soccer: Canada 2, Mexico 2, Tie

October 12, 1997

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Mexico failed to clinch a World Cup berth Sunday, tying Canada 2-2 in a game that pushed the Canadians to the verge of elimination.

Enrique Alfaro put Mexico ahead in the eighth minute, but Carlo Corazzin tied the score in the 55th and Alex Bunbury put Canada ahead in the 64th. Ramon Ramirez retied the score for Mexico in the 75th.

Mexico (4-0-3) leads the final round of qualifying from the North and Central American and Caribbean region with 15 points and remains almost certain to advance to the tournament, needing one more point from its remaining games against the United States on Nov. 2, against Costa Rica on Nov. 9 and at Jamaica on Nov. 16.

Canada (1-4-3) needs to beat the United States on Nov. 9 and Costa Rica on Nov. 16, giving it 12 points, then hope other countries do not overtake it for second or third place.

The top three finishers among the six nations in the finals will qualify for next summer’s tournament in France.

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