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Canada beats Belize to advance to fourth round of FIFA qualifying

BELMOPAN, Belize — The Canadian men's soccer team advanced to the fourth round of FIFA World Cup qualifying with a 4-1 aggregate win over Belize on Tuesday.

Will Johnson scored a game-tying goal in the second half to salvage a 1-1 draw in the Belize capital. The sole goal was more than enough offence for Canada, which won the first leg of the qualifier 3-0 at Toronto's BMO Field last Friday.

Deon McCauley scored in the first half for Belize.

Canada, ranked No. 102 in the world, will become part of Group A in the fourth round, the penultimate stage of qualifying in the region.

That pool will feature No. 26 Mexico, No. 81 Honduras and either No. 107 El Salvador or No. 148 Curacao with only the top two advancing after round-robin play to the final hexagon round.

Belize is ranked 128th in the world.

The Canadian Press

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