Jamaica goes to quarters as a leader, Curaçao qualifies for the first time

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Junior Flemmings (c) of Jamaica in action Gevaro Nepomuceno (l) and Cuco Martina of Curaçao during a match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup between Jamaica and Curaçao, at the Bank of California Stadium, in Los Angeles (United States). EFE

The teams of Jamaica and Curacao, as first and second respectively, went to the quarterfinals of the fifteenth edition of the Gold Cup, after the conclusion of the third day of Group C that was played at the Banc of California in Los Angeles.

The first game left a miraculous 1-1 draw by Curazao when in the 90 +3 minute, defender Juriën Gaari surprised Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake and scored as powerful shot the goal that was going to be worth first classification of your country to the quarterfinals in the Gold Cup.

Curaçao, who reached the most important tournament of CONCACAF teams without having scored a goal or a victory, achieved the dream of being among the eight best teams in the region, with four points, two goals scored and two conceded, a balance that final was the one that gave the pass to the phase of direct elimination.

Jamaica, which could have ruled the game in their favor because of the clear scoring opportunities it had, in addition to striker Shamar Nicholson’s goal, which meant the 1-0 in the 14th minute, achieved its goal of moving to the quarterfinals and also doing it as leader in Group C.

Now the Reggae Boyz, who beat their Caribbean colleagues with 17 shots on goal by 11 and lost three clear scoring opportunities, will wait to know who will be their rival next Sunday in the quarterfinals, which will come out of the result left on Wednesday. the duel between the United States and Panama.

The second match of the day had as protagonists the selections of Honduras and El Salvador, a classic of Central American football, which for the first team had no more value than saving the honor of getting the first points so far in the tournament. of suffering two surprises surprises that left him eliminated.

The opposite of what was achieved by El Salvador, which came with four points and the possibility of moving to the quarterfinals with a draw or victory against Honduras.

The players of Curaçao celebrate the scoring of a goal during a CONCACAF Gold Cup match between Jamaica and Curaçao, at the Bank of California Stadium, in Los Angeles (United States). EFE

None of that happened. El Salvador, who endured the first half with a 0-0 draw, in the second came down by losing 4-0 and being eliminated from the competition in favor of Curacao, which ended with a better goal difference (2-2). ) for 1-4 of the “Selecta”, that the duel between both teams in the first game, the Central American team won 1-0.

Honduras, who opened the scoring at minute 59 through Jorge Álvarez, and followed with Rubilio Castillo (m.65), Bryan Acosta (m.75) and Emilio Izaguirre (m.90), won the honor and of the recovery of his best image for the future of the new project that Uruguayan coach Fabián Coito has begun to build.

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