Trinidad routs Panama 6-0 in World Cup soccer

Trinidad and Tobago routed Panama 6-0 in World Cup qualifying Wednesday to take a commanding lead in Group C of the North and Central American and Caribbean semifinals.

At Port-of-Spain, Trinidad went ahead on Anthony Rongier's goal in the third minute, and the home team made it 2-0 in the 26th minute when Dwight Yorke's shot went off goalkeeper Ricardo James then bounced off Panama forward Jorge Dely and into the net.

Yorke added goals in the 36th and 62nd minutes, Angus Eve scored in the 59th and Nigel Pierre in the 77th.

Trinidad (3-0) leads Group C with nine points, followed by Mexico (2-1) and Canada and Panama (both 0-2-1).

The top two in each of the three semifinal groups advance to next year's regional semifinals.

In Group E, the United States routed Barbados 7-0 in Foxboro, Mass. In Group D, Jamaica beat El Salvador 1-0, and Honduras defeated visiting St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0.

In South America, Argentina tied visiting Paraguay 1-1, Ecuador beat visiting Bolivia 2-0, and Peru edged visiting Venezuela 1-0.

In the opening European qualifier, Estonia beat visiting Andorra 1-0 on Martin Reim's penalty kick in the 64th minute.

At Buenos Aires, Paraguay's Roberto Acuna and Argentina's Pablo Aimar scored second-half goals. Argentina leads the group at 5-1-1, and Paraguay is 3-2-2.

At Kingston, Onandi Lowe scored on a free kick in the 35th minute as Jamaica (3-0) beat El Salvador (1-2) to maintain its lead in Group D.

At Quito, Ecuador (3-3-1) got goals from Alex Anguinaga in the 17th minute and Ariel Graziani in the 58th to beat Bolivia (1-4-2).


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