2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Second Round

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The second round of CONCACAF matches for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification was played from 7 to 16 June 2015.[1][2]

Format[edit]

A total of 20 teams (teams ranked 9–21 in the CONCACAF entrant list and seven first round winners) played home-and-away over two legs. The ten winners advanced to the third round.

Seeding[edit]

The draw for the second round was held on 15 January 2015, 19:40 EST (UTC−5), at the W Hotel at Miami Beach, Florida, United States.[3]

The seeding was based on the FIFA World Rankings of August 2014 (shown in parentheses).[1][4] The 20 teams were seeded into four pots:

Each tie contained a team from Pot 3 and a team from Pot 4 (first three ties), or a team from Pot 5 and a team from Pot 6 (last seven ties), with the order of legs decided by draw. As the draw was held before the first round was played, the identities of teams in Pot 6 (first round winners) were not known at the time of the draw.

Note: Bolded teams qualified for the third round.

Pot 3 Pot 4
  1.  Antigua and Barbuda (149)
  2.  Guyana (153)
  3.  Puerto Rico (155)
Pot 5 Pot 6
  1.  Canada (122)
  2.  Cuba (124)
  3.  Aruba (124)
  4.  Dominican Republic (126)
  5.  El Salvador (127)
  6.  Suriname (131)
  7.  Guatemala (134)
  1.  Saint Kitts and Nevis (159)
  2.  Belize (162)
  3.  Dominica (168)
  4.  Barbados (169)
  5.  Bermuda (173)
  6.  Nicaragua (175)
  7.  Curaçao (182)

Matches[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  6–6 (a)  Guyana 2–2 4–4
Antigua and Barbuda  5–4  Saint Lucia 1–3 4–1
Puerto Rico  1–2  Grenada 1–0 0–2
Dominica  0–6[note 1]  Canada 0–2 0–4
Dominican Republic  1–5  Belize 1–2 0–3
Guatemala  1–0  Bermuda 0–0 1–0
Aruba  3–2  Barbados 0–2 3–0[note 2]
Saint Kitts and Nevis  3–6  El Salvador 2–2 1–4
Curaçao  1–1 (a)  Cuba 0–0 1–1
Nicaragua  4–1  Suriname 1–0 3–1
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  2–2  Guyana
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Attendance: 2,500
Guyana  4–4  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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6–6 on aggregate. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines won on the away goals rule and advanced to the third round.


Saint Lucia  1–4  Antigua and Barbuda
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Antigua and Barbuda won 5–4 on aggregate and advanced to the third round.


Puerto Rico  1–0  Grenada
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Grenada  2–0  Puerto Rico
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Grenada won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to the third round.


Dominica  0–2  Canada
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Attendance: 5,084
Canada  4–0  Dominica
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Canada won 6–0 on aggregate and advanced to the third round.


Dominican Republic  1–2  Belize
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Belize  3–0  Dominican Republic
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Attendance: 1,634

Belize won 5–1 on aggregate and advanced to the third round.


Guatemala  0–0  Bermuda
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Bermuda  0–1  Guatemala
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Guatemala won 1–0 on aggregate and advanced to the third round.


Aruba  0–2  Barbados
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Barbados  0–3
Awarded[note 2]
 Aruba
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Aruba won 3–2 on aggregate and advanced to the third round.


Saint Kitts and Nevis  2–2  El Salvador
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Attendance: 3,100
El Salvador  4–1  Saint Kitts and Nevis
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El Salvador won 6–3 on aggregate and advanced to the third round.


Curaçao  0–0  Cuba
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Cuba  1–1  Curaçao
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Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Jafeth Perea (Panama)

1–1 on aggregate. Curaçao won on the away goals rule and advanced to the third round.


Suriname  1–3  Nicaragua
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Nicaragua won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the third round.

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 56 goals scored in 20 matches, for an average of 2.8 goals per match.

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Order of legs reversed from originally published draw.
  2. ^ a b FIFA awarded Aruba a 3–0 win as a result of Barbados fielding the ineligible player Hadan Holligan. Holligan failed to serve an automatic one match suspension for receiving two yellow cards earlier in the competition.[5] The match originally ended 1–0 to Barbados.
  3. ^ Both legs were played in Antigua and Barbuda due to the unavailability of a suitable home venue for Saint Lucia.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CONCACAF to Hold Preliminary FIFA World Cup Qualifying Draw in Miami on January 15". CONCACAF. 12 January 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  2. ^ "USMNT to start 2018 World Cup qualifying in November of 2015". Sports Illustrated. 12 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Official Draw: CONCACAF Qualifiers for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018". CONCACAF.com. 15 January 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-02-01. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  4. ^ "FIFA Men's Ranking – August 2014 (CONCACAF)". FIFA.com. 14 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Barbados sanctioned for fielding ineligible player". FIFA. 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Saint Lucia set for FIFA World Cup qualifiers". St. Lucia News Online. 5 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "El Salvador 4–1 Saint Kitts and Nevis". Soccerway. 16 June 2015.

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