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Haiti advances to 2nd round in World Cup qualifying (+ Video)


Derrick Etienne scored in the 63rd minute, and Haiti (3-0) won 1-0 over visiting Nicaragua (2-1) at Port-au-Prince on Tuesday to win Group E of the first round of World Cup qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean.


Haiti will play either the Group B winner, Canada or Suriname, in a two-match, total-goal series on Saturday and June 15 for a spot in the eight-nation regional finals along with the the 20th-ranked United States, Mexico, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Honduras.


Canada played Suriname later Tuesday at Bridgeview, Illinois.


St. Kitts and Nevis clinched Group F last weekend and will play a second-round matchup against the Group A winner — El Salvador, Antigua and Barbuda, or Montserrat. El Salvador hosted Antigua and Barbuda later Tuesday and Grenada was home against Montserrat.


The Group C winner, Curaçao or Guatemala, will play the Group D winner, Panama or the Dominican Republic. Curaçao hosted Guatemala, and Panama hosted the Dominican Republic.


The eight-nation regional finals start Sept. 2 and run through March 30. The top three nations qualify for the World Cup and the No. 4 team advances to a playoff against another confederation.

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