Nicaragua took a step towards the third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a 1-0 win over Suriname in their first leg on Sunday.
Carlos Chavarria struck a 44th-minute winner for the Central American nation, who hosted the first leg at the Estadio Nacional Dennis Martinez in Managua.
Henry Duarte’s side are well-placed to advance, with the second leg to be played in Paramaribo on June 16.
Nicaragua have never reached the World Cup finals, and they have a long way to go even if they advance – with the likes of United States and Mexico not entering until the fourth round.
But Chavarria’s goal has at least given them an upper-hand heading to the Surinamese capital, with Nicaragua taking on a team that is ranked one spot above them.
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