delicious Y Jamaica suffered this Friday to beat Surinam Y Guadeloupe, respectively, with which they qualified for the quarterfinals of the sixteenth edition of the gold Cup.
Although the triumphs of both teams came with suspense and by the minimum, in the end Costa Rica, who came back a goal against, beat Suriname 1-2, while Jamaica, who opened the double day at Exploria Stadium, Orlando (Florida), did the same to obtain the same score against Guadalupe.
After both teams have won the two games they have played, Costa Rica and Jamaica will have to define the leader of Group C, when they meet next Tuesday on the same stage.
Los Ticos still do not show their best football, being left without control of the ball or being able to dominate the center of the field, which generated many problems and a lack of goal in the first half that ended tied 0-0. In the second, Suriname made it 1-0 through striker Gleofilo Vlijter, their best player so far this tournament when the 52nd minute was up.
The goal against Costa Rica made Costa Rica react quickly and in the 58th minute veteran forward Joel Campbell took it upon himself to put the equalizer on the scoreboard at 1-1, which would be decisive because the draw left the defense of Suriname, who saw another of Costa Rica’s reference players, Celso Borges, a minute later, at 59, scored 1-2, which in the end would be the final result and the one that gives them the ticket to the quarterfinals.
Like Suriname, Guadeloupe fought well, but Jamaica’s experience gave the Reggae Boyz a slight lead, leaving them with the win and qualification to the next round.
Guadalupe started brilliantly with an early goal. In the fourth minute, the Gwada Boys took advantage of a failed play by Jamaica and counterattacked. A poor clearance by Jamaican defender Amari’i Bell passed goalkeeper Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union) and scored an own goal, giving Guadalupe a 1-0 lead.
The first goal enlivened the game as Jamaica continued to pressure Guadeloupe in search of an equalizer. Jamaica got their answer 10 minutes later, at 14, as they responded with a counterattack that caught the Guadeloupean defense off guard and found a 1-1 draw.
Jamaican forward Cory Burke knew how to line up the ball perfectly to hit the far post. This is Burke’s seventh goal in 17 games with the team.
After an exciting opening 15 minutes, both teams played more cautiously to end the first half. In the second, it was clear that neither team wanted to end the match with a draw. Jamaica started to pick up momentum and bring more players to the front to take the lead. In the 62nd minute, Jamaica forward Shamar Nicholson came close to giving his team the lead when he missed an opportunity by sending the ball over the net.
Guadalupe would fight and generate her own opportunities, but she also had problems when defining against the rival frame in front of the goal. Finally, in the closing minutes of regulation time, the Reggae Boyz would not be denied the chance to freeze the game and they did very well.
Jamaica striker Junior Flemmings used an ingenious footwork to pass the opposing defense and with a left-footed shot, in the 87th minute, overcame the legs of Guadeloupe goalkeeper Yohann Thuram-Ulien, who could not touch the ball and was went straight to the bottom of the net.
The goal ensured a crucial result for Jamaica, which now shares the pass to the quarterfinals with Costa Rica, both with six points, and in addition to the leadership of Group C. Costa Rica and Jamaica will define the first place in the zone in the third and last double day, which will be the farewell for Suriname and Guadeloupe.