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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 September 2005, 01:48 GMT 02:48 UK
US qualify for World Cup finals
Landon Donovan (right) and Gerardo Galindo
After a tight first half, the USA dominated the second 45 minutes
The United States have qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals after a 2-0 win over Mexico.

The US had gone into the game in second place in the Concacaf qualification group just a solitary point behind their Mexican rivals.

But they went ahead in Ohio courtesy of a 53rd-minute strike by Steve Ralston after an Eddie Lewis free-kick.

And their place in the 32-team tournament was sealed with DaMarcus Beasley's effort five minutes later.

Beasley smashed the ball past goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez after a perfectly-timed corner by Manchester City's Claudio Reyna.

Despite the result, Mexico are still virtually assured of World Cup qualification.

They had their chances to go ahead in the game - their best effort coming in the first half with a free-kick by Ramon Morales.



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