Guatemala take positive step
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Guatemala improved their hopes of reaching the second round with a convincing 10-1 victory over China PR in Brasilia. The result moved the reigning North, Central America and the Caribbean champions on to six points from a possible nine, and left their opponents pointless at the foot of Group C.

Guatemala were 2-0 up within four minutes, courtesy of strikes by the in-form Erick Acevedo and Daniel Tejada, and by the interval they had scored seven times without reply. The pick of these goals came from Jose Gonzalez, who tricked his marker before firing home.

The second half was a much tighter affair, with its first goal arriving almost 12 minutes in through Chinese forward Liu Xinyi.

However, it served as a wake-up call to the Guatemalans. Marlon Noj quickly made it 8-1, before Gonzalez and Carlos Estrada posted their second and third goals of the game respectively to complete the scoring.

If Guatemala beat Argentina in their final group game on Thursday, they will be assured of a place in next phase.