World Cup Qualifying Roundup: Dos A Cero and Panama's Late Break

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The US clinched their seventh straight trip to the World Cup while Peru has been eliminated.

Last night sure what fun wasn't it? The fourth straight time in World Cup qualifying the United States and Mexico have come to play in Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, the score line ends in a 2-0 win for the US.

Dos a Cero.

Yeah that doesn't get old.

The US used the goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan to help punch their ticket to next year's World Cup in Brazil.

How the US did it

Missing Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron and Jozy Altidore because of yellow-card suspension and making do without the injured Michael Bradley (ankle), US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann plugged Johnson in up top and swapped Alejandro Bedoya in for Graham Zusi. On the defensive side, Clarence Goodson replaced Besler while Fabian Johnson lined up at right back.

All the moves paid off in the end, not to mention his second half substitution of Mix Diskerud, who helped assist on the Donovan goal.

Luis Fernando Tena, who replaced Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre after last Friday's 2-1 loss against Honduras, tried a few new things in the Mexican lineup as well. Tena's tweaks paid immediate dividends, with the visitors finding a direct path behind the US backline via balls over the top during an opening 10 minutes that saw El Tri firmly on the front foot but lacking the pass to truly unlock the US defense.

But as the game would progress, the US would find more time on the ball and more chances on goal.

The US had an opportunity to make it 3-0 with the final kick of the game, but Dempsey sent a penalty kick wide right, sealing a fourth consecutive dos a cero in Columbus.

Panama's late draw in Honduras

FC Dallas forward Blas Perez and Panama live to fight another day in World Cup qualifying after their wild 2-2 draw against Honduras on Tuesday night. Perez missed the Jamaica game last Friday due to a yellow card suspension and was an immediate impact for Panama on the night.

Perez went the full 90 in the draw.  In the end, Roberto Chen's injury-time equalizer dampened spirits in Tegucigalpa.

The draw also lifted Panama into a tie with Mexico for fourth place - good for a playoff against New Zealand - and sets up a massive clash between the two teams at the Estadio Azteca on Oct. 11, when qualifying resumes. Panama will host the US in their final World Cup qualifier next month as well.

Rough night for Fernandez

Peru is struggling in World Cup qualifying and after last night's result against Venezuela, a 3-2 loss, FC Dallas keeper Raul Fernandez and company won't be going to Brazil in 2014. Fernandez gave up all three goals during this full 90 minutes of action, he also picked up a yellow card.

Peru has lost their last three World Cup qualifiers and is now officially eliminated from qualifying with two more games to play.

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