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WATCH: El Tri honors quake first responders in moving ceremony


MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 21: Rescue operations continue on September 21, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. Emergency workers continue to search the rubble after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck on September 19th. According to reports, the death toll has risen to 274 with many more still missing. (Photo by Rafael S. Fabres/Getty Images)

Rafael S. Fabres

While the United States sweats the details of their potential berth in Russia, Mexico’s had theirs sewn up for some time.

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The tension for El Tri has come off the pitch, where a 20-second, 7.1 earthquake shook Central Mexico in mid-September.

The team, often the focal point for the country’s passion, did it proud again on Friday, celebrating first responders with a prematch ceremony before a World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago.

The fans and players, led by intrepid captain Andres Guardado, stood in unison for the national anthem with fists raised in solidarity.

It was quite moving. See below:

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