Mexico qualify for U-17 finals, Canada face play-offs

Mexico have booked their place in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship final and become the region's second nation to secure a spot at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.

However, El Tri advanced only after a day in drama in which Canada - who had been in pole position - were pipped to top spot in the six-team Group B thanks to a 1-0 defeat to Panama.

The Panamanians were already consigned to elimination, but a solitary Damaso Santos strike saw them exit on a high and leave Canada to face Costa Rica in a play-off on Sunday to assign one of the two remaining places at Chile 2015. USA and Jamaica will contest the other play-off, with Honduras having qualified directly from Group A.

It is the Hondurans that Mexico will face in the CONCACAF final, this after a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica proved sufficient to take them through. Claudio Zamudio gave the Mexicans the lead early in the second half but Barlon Sequeira's late headed equaliser left them needing a favour from Panama.

That duly arrived, and now both Mexico and their fellow finalists can begin looking forward to a Chilean adventure in October and November of this year.