Mexico v Panama - Concacaf 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
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Raul Jimenez scores winner on injury return for Mexico

Raul Jimenez missed Wolves’ last game with injury and also was absent for Mexico’s first two matches of this international break.

But he was back in the team from the start as Mexico hosted Panama in the early hours of this (Thursday) morning in the World Cup CONCACAF qualification play-off.

Jimenez made a big difference to his team, netting the only goal in a 1-0 win ten minutes from time from the penalty spot.

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As per SofaScore, the goal was one of two shots on target, although he was not too heavily involved, having 40 touches across the 90 minutes.

But he made the decisive impact and that result means that Mexico are now four points ahead of last night’s opponents in the table.

Mexico sit third, with Panama fourth and the top three sides automatically qualify for the World Cup at the end of the year.

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Jimenez scored a penalty in his last Wolves outing and has now netted another from the spot and hopefully that can give him a bit of a boost.

He has not quite been himself in recent weeks and it is understandable that he is still feeling his way back to his very, very best form.

A little bit of time away might do him some good, and it is a boost for Wolves that he is back fit, although it remains to be seen whether he will be back in the starting XI for the FA Cup fourth round clash with Norwich.