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FIFA U-20 World Cup

History as Cuba qualify alongside USA

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Cuba celebrate their victory over Costa Rica in 2013 FIFA Under-20 Concacaf World Cup qualifiers
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USA and Cuba are the first two CONCACAF representatives to win their way to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013.

USA secured a comfortable 4-2 victory over North American rivals Canada on Tuesday in the first quarter-final of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico.

Canada took an early lead before the States, on the back of a Jose Villarreal double, took control of an action-packed encounter.

The Stars and Stripes return to the world stage for the thirteenth time having missed Colombia 2011.

Cuba created a slice of history in the late match outlasting Costa Rica 2-1 to reach their maiden FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Forward Arichel Hernandez proved the headline act in scoring both of Cuba's goals as the Caribbean Lions got a measure of revenge after being eliminated by Costa Rica 6-1 at the same stage two years ago in Guatemala.

The remaining two nations to qualify will be determined on Wednesday evening as Panama meets El Salvador and hosts Mexico take on Jamaica.

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