CONCACAF Gold Cup: Jamaica, Costa Rica clinch spots in knockout round


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On Friday night, the second CONCACAF Gold Cup matches took place in Orlando, both finishing in 2-1 scorelines, as Jamaica and Costa Rica clinched their places in the next round .

In the first match, Jamaica took down Guadeloupe, while Costa Rica beat Suriname.

Jamaica score late winner vs Guadeloupe


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An early 4th minute own goal from Jamica’s Amari’i Bell, by way of Guadeloupe’s Dimitri Ramothe, was counteracted by a sensational strike from just outside the box by the Philadelphia Union’s Cory Burke in the 14th minute. The game held serve until the 87th, when Junior Flemmings, from USL Championship’s Birmingham Legion, was able to weave through three defenders, get into the box and fire a shot through the legs of Guadeloupe keeper Yohann Thuram to give the Reggae Boyz the 2-1 win. 

10-man Costa Rica hold on for win vs Suriname

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After a scoreless first half, Gleofilo Vlijter of Suriname would provide the game’s first goal just five minutes into the second half, marking the first ever goal by Suriname in the Gold Cup. The lead would not last long, however, with Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell and Celso Borges scoring within 30 seconds of each other, in the 58th and 59th minutes respectively.

Despite a late 85th minute red card shown to Costa Rica’s Francisco Calvo, Los Ticos were able to hang on to the 2-1 scoreline and secure their place in the knockout rounds.

The final matches of Group C will take place on Tuesday, July 20. Jamaica will take on Costa Rica for the top spot in the group, while Suriname and Guadeloupe will take their match to Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium. Both matches will kick off at 7:00, with FS1 and FS2 broadcasting the matches.

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