Monday 9 December, 2019

Jamaica through to Gold Cup quarterfinals after draw with Curacao

Jamaica’s Kevon Lambert (right) takes control against Gino van Kessel of Curaçao during their Group C match of Concacaf Gold Cup on June 25, 2019 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

Jamaica’s Kevon Lambert (right) takes control against Gino van Kessel of Curaçao during their Group C match of Concacaf Gold Cup on June 25, 2019 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup following a 1-1 draw with Curacao on Tuesday night in the final Group C matchday at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

Curacao also qualified for the quarter-final and their place was confirmed after Honduras scored a shocking 4-0 victory over El Salvador in the night's other match to earn their first points.

The Reggae Boyz ended the round with five points from their three games to finish atop the table. Curacao and El Salvador ended with four points apiece, but the Dutch Caribbean island came away with second place and the final quarter-spot in the group as a result of goal difference.

Honduras finished bottom-of-the-group with three points.

Damion Lowe, Shamar Nicholson, and JeVaughn Watson each had their share of opportunities against Curacao before the goal came in the 14th minute.

Jamaica and Curacao wrestled each other with a couple of headers before Andrew Lewis hit the volley towards goal in the 14th minute. Nicholson was the man to redirect the ball towards the back of the net – giving a 1-0 lead to Jamaica.

Curacao nearly responded in the 20th minute as Jurien Gaari delivered a dangerous cross that was saved by Jamaica’s goalkeeper Andre Blake.

The Reggae Boyz started the second half with good build-up play but Curacao keeper Eloy Room denied them on that goal scoring opportunity.

Leandro Bacuna had three consecutive opportunities during the 74th and 75th but the score would remain.

Jurien Gaari was the hero for Curacao on this occasion, firing the ball home from a corner opportunity in second-half stoppage time to tie the match.

 

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