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By Chineze Ogugua

Mexico have booked their ticket to Russia, becoming just the fifth team to do so after a 1-0 victory over Panama with three games to spare.

Hirving Lozano came off the bench to make the difference at the Estadio Azteca, getting on the end of a cross from Corona to head in his fifth international goal in the 53rd minute.

The El Tri players put on 2018 shirts, hugging and dancing on the pitch to celebrate this feat.This is in stark contrast to the 2014 event when they were the 32nd team to qualify.

Mexico now becomes the fifth team to qualify for the tournament set to be hosted in Russia next year, joining Russia, Brazil, Iran and Japan.

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