A GOAL from Wrexham's Carlos Edwards proved little more than a consolation as Trinidad and Tobago's World Cup hopes were hit by a 5-1 battering in Guatemala City on Saturday.
Edwards' strike from the edge of the box in the 32nd minute pulled it back to 2-1 after Guatemala had grabbed opening goals through Guillermo Ramirez and Carlos Ruiz.
Dragons club-mate Dennis Lawrence started the match, with Hector Sam coming on for Leslie Fitzpatrick in the 58th minute as coach Bertille St Clair went for broke.
"It was in fact one of our most disappointing performances," said St Clair.
"We came here wanting three points and we didn't get that, but it got even worse because we conceded five goals.
"They definitely showed that they wanted it more than we did and they played fairly well at the end of it all.
"We have eight more games to go and we must get up and move on. It's a sad loss but I do not think we should dwell on this result."
The result leaves Trinidad at the foot of the Concacaf final qualifying group without a point from two matches after opening with a 2-1 home defeat to regional giants USA.
With the Americans and Mexico expected to grab the first two automatic places in Germany, St Clair's Warriors will have to win the home return against Guatemala in September.
Of more pressing concern is the visit of World Cup 1990 finalists Costa Rica on Wednesday, a must-win match if Trinidad are to have a chance of the third and final automatic World Cup berth in the group.
The fourth-placed Concacaf side have a play-off with the fifth-placed Asian qualifier for a place in Germany.