Mexico star revives World Cup dream with spectacular goal

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Mexico have striker Raul Jimenez to thank for keeping the dream of reaching their sixth straight World Cup finals alive.

The 22-year-old, who plays for Club America, netted the winning goal in the 85th minute of Friday night's crucial 2014 World Cup qualify against Panama with an extraordinary acrobatic effort.

Mexico have struggled for form in recent months and needed victory over Panama to boost their hopes of securing a play-off spot.

They took the lead through Oribe Peralta in the first half, but when Luis Tejada struck with 10 minutes left on the clock it looked like Mexico had been denied two precious points.

However, a flash of genius from Jimenez secured all three points for Víctor Manuel Vucetich's men, who now have a three-point advantage over Panama with one match to play in the CONCACAF fourth round phase.

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