It was another action-packed night in the North, Central American and Caribbean zone. Costa Rica were made to work for their three points on the road in Tobago while the United States survived an early scare to beat Honduras in Chicago, with Mexico - struggling woefully in 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying - losing out 2-1 in El Salvador. Join FIFA.com for a closer look at all the evening's action from CONCACAF.
Game of the day
Trinidad and Tobago 2-3 Costa Rica
Carlos Edwards (29), Alvaro Saborio (40), Celso Borges (52 & 68), Collin Samuels (62)
Rodrigo Kenton's high-flying Ticos suffered through a roller coaster ride at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacelot, eventually coming out on top and spoiling Russell Latapy's debut in the Trinidad hot seat. Carlos Edwards struck first for the islanders with a sizzling free-kick, but Alvaro Saborio - who scored in the 3-1 win over USA on Wednesday - hit back five minutes before the break. Norway-based creator Celso Borges put the Costa Ricans up 2-1 after the interval, but substitute Collin Samuels answered right back to put the home supporters on the edge of their seats with the score teetering at 2-2. They all leaned back with a sigh, though, when Borges hammered home from close range in the 68th minute to cap a stunning 3-2 win for the all-conquering Ticos, who remain at the top of the regional standings.
The other games
USA rebounded from their limp performance midweek in San Jose, where they were routed by an impressive Costa Rica, to grind out a win against Honduras in Chicago. Clint Dempsey surrendered the ball in midfield with only five minutes gone, and the visiting Hondurans punished the error through Carlos Costly, who smashed home from the edge of the box after a clever build-up. Two minutes before the interval, Landon Donovan slammed home from the spot - his second penalty in as many games - to send the Americans into the changing room with something to smile about. The goal also saw Donovan become the USA's all-time top scorer in FIFA World Cup qualifying, breaking a tie with Eric Wynalda. And at the end of a workmanlike second half, the States were all smiles as Carlos Bocanegra's brave diving header in the 68th minute assured them of victory and a firm grasp of second place in the region, two points in back of Costa Rica.
The late match saw the biggest shock on the night, as Mexico - in their first game with boss Javier Aguirre back at the helm - lost out 2-1 in El Salvador. Hoping for a revival, all the Mexicans had to offer was more of the same on the night. Julio Martinez scored for the home side after only 11 minutes, but second-half substitute Cuauhtémoc Blanco - fresh back from international retirement - equalised from the spot with 71 minutes gone. El Salvador, led by Mexican coach and former international Carlos de los Cobos, had the last laugh, though, when Eliseo Quintanilla hammered his own rocket home from the spot with just four minutes to go. The result was celebrated long and hard by the home fans, while the Mexicans - second-from-bottom with three points from four games - trudged off the Cuscatlan pitch wearing haunted, hunted looks.
Player of the day - Celso Borges (CRC)
Costa Rica's outstanding young playmaker had another hot day on the road against T&T. He scored a pair of goals in the Ticos' 3-2 win, bringing his tally to three in his last two qualifiers. Son of former Costa Rica coach and playing icon, Alexandre Guimaraes, the future is looking brighter and brighter for the jet-heeled, silky-footed former Saprissa starlet, currently playing his club football in Norway with Fredrikstad FK
What they said
"Everybody gave their all for the team tonight and that's how we got the result. We started poorly against Costa Rica on Wednesday and we got punished. Today was a big test and we made it an even bigger test by conceding early. But we showed the guts to come back and get the job done. This result gives us our confidence back," Second-half substitute Benny Feilhaber on the USA's come-from-behind win against Honduras.
The numbers game
53 - The number of games the United States have played on home soil without a loss. Their last defeat stateside came in 2001 in Washington DC, where they went down to Honduras.