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Posted on 10 September 2009  - 12:00

Giovani dos Santos helped Mexico get the better of Wilson Palacios' Honduras in a vital CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.

International round-up

Giovani dos Santos helped Mexico get the better of Wilson Palacios' Honduras in a vital CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.

Gio was brought down by Wigan's Maynor Figueroa in the 75th minute of the clash at the Azteca Stadium and that allowed Cuauhtemoc Blanco to score the only goal of the game from the penalty spot. Gio played 79 minutes, Wilson the full 90.

Mexico's 1-0 win sees them up to second in the North, Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF) group while the USA's 1-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago moved them back to the top.

Honduras will be thankful to El Salvador for beating Costa Rica otherwise they would have slipped from top to fourth in the group overnight.

It's still all to play for as the top three go straight through to next summer's finals in South Africa while the team in fourth place take on the fifth-placed team in South American qualifying in a two-legged play-off - that team is currently Argentina.

Back in Europe, Roman Pavlyuchenko scored again for Russia as they beat Wales 3-1 at the Millennium Stadium in Group Four.

On target against Liechtenstein on Saturday, Roman actually started on the bench on this occasion but having replaced Igor Semshov in the 70th minute, rifled home in injury time.

Russia's win took them to within a point of leaders Germany and direct qualification for South Africa looks like resting on a cracking game when the two sides meet in Moscow next month.

Roman v Wales

Alan Hutton played the full 90 minutes as Scotland's faint hopes of making it into second place in Group 10 were ended by a 1-0 defeat against Holland at Hampden Park.

In Africa, Benoit Assou-Ekotto played the full 90 minutes as Cameroon kept their hopes of South Africa alive by beating Gabon 2-1 in Yaonde.

Cameroon have two games remaining in Group One against Togo in October and Adel Taarabt's Morocco in November. Adel scored a vital goal in injury time for Morocco to salvage a point against Togo on Saturday.

Only the five group winners go through to South Africa in this final phase of African qualifying. Ghana are already through and with two games remaining, the other group leaders are currently Cameroon, Tunisia, Algeria and Ivory Coast.