Forward Rogelio Funes Mori scored his first two goals in an official match with Mexico, which washed its face after a poor debut in the Gold Cup, beating Guatemala 3-0 on Wednesday.
Funes Mori, a naturalized Argentinean who played his second official match with El Tri, scored his goals at 28 and 54 minutes.
Orbelín Pineda added a goal to the 78 for Mexico, which was coming off a lackluster goalless draw against Trinidad and Tobago.
With the result, the team led by the Argentine Gerardo Martino, reaches four points, with which he placed second in Group A, two units behind El Salvador, already classified and who will be his rival next Sunday to settle the top positions in the sector.
Guatemala, which entered the tournament at the last minute due to the coronavirus outbreak that prevented Curaçao from participating, suffered its second setback and is eliminated from the competition.
The Chapin team started the game well, establishing even a slight dominance, but then Mexico straightened the way and came close to scoring in the 25th minute with a shot from Erick Gutiérrez after a great pass from Funes Mori.
The Mexicans took the lead when Héctor Herrera sent a 30-meter pass that Funes Mori dropped into the area, before cutting off a defender and finishing close to the left post of the Guatemalan team.
Funes Mori led the match in the second half, when Orbelín Pineda reached the bottom line on the right and sent a delayed ball. At the height of the penalty spot, Funes Mori made a powerful shot.
At the end, Luis Rodríguez sent a cross down the right wing towards the area, where Pineda connected with his head, hitting the right post.
The game was delayed for more than half an hour due to a heavy rain that fell on the Cotton Bowl stadium. Unlike what happened last weekend in Arlington, the fans of the Aztec team did not launch the homophobic cry that has cost the Mexican Federation several sanctions from FIFA.
The issue has generated concern among Mexican leaders who even mentioned the possibility of playing without spectators to avoid repeating the offensive expression.
THE SELECT, CLASSIFIED
With a great goal from Jairo Henríquez in the first half and a counterattack by Walmer Martínez in the complement, El Salvador beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0, to ensure qualification for the next round in the Gold Cup.
The fierce resistance of the Trinidadian defense, which drew a goalless draw from Mexico on the opening date, lasted less than half an hour against the Selecta.
Bryan Tamacas advanced down the right wing and sent a pass to Henríquez, who stepped on the ball and turned around to shake off the mark of center-back Jelani Peters. From outside the area, the Chalatenango midfielder unleashed a cross shot at the base of the post to beat goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup in the 29th minute.
Trinidad squandered several opportunities to tie in the complement. And in the discount, Martínez found a ball that crossed the goal line after a series of misses and rebounds.
The USL Hartford forward, who had entered a couple of minutes earlier, simply shoved the ball into the nets.
The Salvadoran team thus made sure to finish the second round of the Gold Cup at the top of Group A, with six points and a guaranteed passage to the quarterfinals.
Trinidad was left in one point, after the loss at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.