Canada qualifies for first World Cup since 1986

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Canada qualified for the World Cup for just the second time on Sunday, beating Jamaica 4-0 to book its ticket to Qatar and end 36 years of failure and heartache.

After failing to clinch a spot on Thursday, with a 1-0 away loss to Costa Rica, Canada returned home with renewed purpose and a chance to complete the job in front of a frenzied, flag-waving and sold-out crowd of nearly 30,000 at BMO Field.

There wouldn’t be a second chance as Cyle Lerin , Tajonbuchanan scored in the first period and Junior Hoilett added another shortly after the break. Adrian Mariappa ‘ completed the scoring.

Canada will play at the World Cup for the first time since 1986 in Mexico, where it lost all three of its games and failed to score a goal.

With just one round of qualifying matches remaining, Canada sits top the CONCACAF standings on 28 points, six clear of regional powerhouses Mexico and the United States.

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