CONCACAF Gold Cup: Costa Rica dominate Jamaica | Field level


Bryan Ruiz managed a cross from Ariel Lassiter in the 53rd minute, and Costa Rica held on to beat Jamaica 1-0 on Tuesday in Orlando to finish first in Group C of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Costa Rican goalkeeper Leonel Moreira received a red card in the 72nd minute for a hand ball outside the penalty area, but his side held on for the win.

Thanks to this victory, Costa Rica (3-0-0) will face Canada, vice-champion of Group B, in the quarter-finals, while Jamaica (2-1-0) will face the United States, winners of the Group B, in quarters. Both of those games are scheduled for Sunday in Arlington, Texas.

Tuesday’s game started late after a long weather delay.

Homam Ahmed scored from a close-angle shot in the first half and Abdulaziz Hatem sealed the win in the second half stoppage as Qatar beat Honduras in Houston to claim first place in the group D.

Qatar (2-0-1) qualified for the quarter-finals on Saturday with Group A runner-up El Salvador in Glendale, Arizona. Honduras (2-1-0) only needed a draw on Tuesday to win the group, but will now face the group. A Mexico winner in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

In the 25th minute, Qatari Hassan Al-Haydos dribbled up the penalty area and released a perfect reverse pass to Ahmed, who sped forward on the left wing. Ahmed beat Honduras goaltender Luis Lopez with a 12-yard shot inside the near post.

Hatem completed a three-on-one breakaway with a goal in the fourth minute of the second half timeout.

Nigel Hasselbaink scored the winning goal in the 79th minute, pushing Suriname past Guadeloupe in Houston and placing his side third in Group C of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Guadeloupe played for over an hour with 10 men after Kelly Irep received a red card in the 29th minute, and teammate Quentin Annette was sent off in the second half timeout.

Both teams lost each of their first two Gold Cup games and were knocked out of the possibility of qualifying ahead of their meeting on Tuesday in the group stage final.

Gleofilo Vlijter gave Suriname a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute before Matthias Phaeton equalized the game six minutes later.

Jose Luis Rodriguez scored twice as Panama beat Grenada in Orlando to finish third in Group D.

Panama (1-1-1) saw their hopes of advancing stop earlier in the evening when Qatar beat Honduras. Grenada (0-3-0) managed their first goal of the tournament, although they were down 3-0 before Romar Frank scored in the 76th minute.

Alberto Quintero opened the scoring for Panama in the seventh minute, and Rodriguez secured the result with goals in the 27th and 64th minutes.

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