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El Salvador vs. Mexico: Live Stream, Schedule for World Cup 2018 Qualifier

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2016

Mexico's Oribe Peralta, right, celebrates his goal with Hirving Lozano, center, and Hector Herrera during the second half of a Copa America Centenario Group C soccer match against Jamaica at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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El Salvador host Group A leaders Mexico in the race for CONCACAF World Cup qualification at the Monumental Estadio Cuscatlan, San Salvador, as El Tri attempt to maintain their perfect record on Friday.

The Mexicans have achieved a 12-point haul from their opening four games, as El Salvador languish at the bottom of the standings. 

Mexico's early efforts have guaranteed a spot in the Hexagonal final round, as Honduras and Canada give chase for the second qualification berth.

Here is how you can watch the qualifier: 

Date: Friday, Sept. 2

Time: 10.06 p.m. ET / 3.06 a.m. BST (Saturday morning)

TV: BeIN Sports (U.S.) 

Live Stream: BeIN Sports CONNECT (U.S.)

Gold Cup Holders In Top Form

It has been an outstanding period for Mexico in recent memory as the Central America nation attempts to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup—to add to their Gold Cup success. 

Meanwhile, the Cuscatlecos lie bottom of the group after two draws in qualification, and a defeat to Mexico will end their ambitions of an unlikely place in the Hexagonal.

Two victories would see the Salvadorans progress with Mexico, but the form of the visitors is currently electric and irrepressible.

TORONTO, ON - JULY 14:  Andres Flores #14 of El Salvador during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B match between Jamaica and El Salvador at BMO Field on July 14, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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El Salvador midfielder Andres Flores has said he understands the severity of the task at hand, per CONCACAF.com:

We have to try not to make any mistakes, try to be focused and do big things and do intelligent things. We need to win both games. That's huge for us.

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Those two matches are the most important games of the year for us. We're going to face two really tough teams. We have to be prepared. We have to work to give our best.

Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has lost two members of his squad to injury, and has drafted Elias Hernandez and Hugo Ayala after Jesus Corona and Nestor Araujo both withdrew, according to Jon Arnold of Goal. Araujo has sustained a knee problem and isn't fit to travel, and Corona is missing due to a collarbone issue.

The Mexicans remain weak in defence, and will be relying on flair to dismantle the hosts.

Carlos Vela, who was exceptional during the Gold Cup, has been omitted from the squad after the nation was eliminated from the Copa America.

Javier Hernandez is also absent with a hand injury, as the player confirmed on social media: 

Chicharito Hernandez @CH14_

Gracias!!! 🙏🏽 #blessed #feyconfianza Thank you!!! 🙏🏽 #blessed #faithandtrust https://t.co/koHEcmVpB0

El Tri made short work of El Salvador in the first match of qualifying, cruising to a 3-0 win at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

Here are highlights from the match:

Despite home advantage, El Salvador do not have the depth of talent to stop a Mexico team brimming with confidence and menace.

Mexico are already guaranteed a spot in the Hex, and will purposely not burn too much oil during their task on Friday.

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