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February 7, 2013
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Jamaica's Rodolph Austin (left) and Mexico's Andres Guardado battle for the ball during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Mexico City, last night. The match ended 0-0. - ap


Mexico lost a 19-game winning streak at the Azteca stadium with a 0-0 draw against Jamaica yesterday in their first match of the final round of World Cup qualifying.

The Mexicans considered one of the favourites to qualify for Brazil 2014 from the North and Central American and the Caribbean have not drawn at Azteca since November 9, 1997, when Costa Rica drew them 3-3.

Honduras now lead the final, six-team group with three points, while Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Jamaica share second place with one point each. The United States are last with no points after losing 2-1 to Honduras earlier on Wednesday.

The top three teams earn automatic World Cup berths, while the fourth-place team play off for another spot.

Jamaica's Garath McCleary (left) fights for the ball against Mexico's Severo Meza during a World Cup 2014 qualifying match at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, last night. - ap

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