El Salvador defender Alex Escobar believes 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualification is a real possibility after Saturday's 2-1 win against Mexico lifted them to third in the CONCACAF Qualifying Zone standings.

The top three teams will qualify for South Africa 2010 and El Salvador are a point ahead of fourth-placed Honduras, who they face on Wednesday.

We know we have to put in a big effort to make it to the World Cup. This is everybody's dream and the Honduras match is the next step.

El Salvador defender Alex Escobar

"The victory over Mexico made us feel full of joy and we can now set ourselves high targets," said Escobar.

"We are third in qualification and our chance is real again.

"We know we have to put in a big effort to make it to the World Cup," he said. "This is everybody's dream and the Honduras match is the next step."

Julio Martinez, who scored his team's first goal against Mexico, added: "We are very happy to have beaten the Mexicans, but we know this is in the past now and we must work as strongly as we did for that match.

"We want to keep up our good form and clinch qualification to the World Cup," he said.