ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Grenada and St Vincent & the Grenadines eliminated themselves from the next stage of CONCACAF qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
Both sides entered the match looking for a victory to keep their slim chances of moving forward alive, but substitute Clive Murray ensured the two sides would collect one point apiece with a stoppage-time equaliser that cancelled out an early second half strike from Myron Samuel for SVG.
The result meant that Guatemala became the second team to qualify for the semi-final stage of CONCACAF qualification following in the footsteps of Central American rival Panama.
Guatemala have an unassailable 12 points from their four group matches, with the Grenadians and Vincentians both on four points, and Belize at the bottom on three.
The Guatemalans will join the United States and Jamaica in a semifinal round group along with the winner of Group F. Antigua & Barbuda lead Haiti by two points in Group F entering the final two matches.
After a 0-0 scoreline at halftime, SVG appeared to have put the visitors in a favourable position, when Samuel lashed his second goal of the qualifiers, giving them the lead in the 62nd minute.
Murray, a 55th-minute replacement for Kade Wellington, salvaged the point for the hosts however, when he struck in the second minute of stoppage time.
Both sides will be on the road for their next qualifier on November 11 when Grenada travel to Guatemala City to face the group leaders and SVG travel to Belmopan to meet Belize.