El Salvador, Canada play to scoreless draw in World Cup qualifying

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador and Canada played to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Pressured after a previous 3-0 loss to Mexico, El Salvador started aggressively in search of a win that would improve its chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

El Salvador's Dennis Pineda broke through Canada's line on several occasions, but failed to score.

Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan stopped Dustin Corea on a golden opportunity, silencing the home crowd's screams of "Gol!"

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Canada came close to scoring when striker Cyle Larin shot over the head of goalkeeper Henry Hernandez only to watch the ball hit the crossbar.

Canada is in second place in Group A with four points behind Mexico with six and ahead of El Salvador with one and Honduras with none. The top teams in the group advance to the final round of World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region.

Mexico won 2-0 away to Honduras earlier Tuesday.

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