The Gold Cup doesn't always gain a whole lot of notoriety around the globe, but the CONCACAF tournament is off to a blazing start.
On Sunday, we were treated to a couple of memorable moments in the two opening games.
To get things started, Martinique—yes, the same Martinique with a population of just over 400,000—earned an absolutely stunning victory against Canada when Fabrice Reuperne scored this wonder-goal in the 93rd minute to break a 0-0 tie:
Um, yeah. There's still a lot of soccer left, but it's going to be tough to beat that out for moment of the tournament.
In the second match, Panama delivered a slight upset against struggling Mexico in an entertaining match.
Let's take a look at all of the action from Monday's Group B, which did well in giving us quite the encore.
Note: You can find a complete list of Gold Cup scores here.
El Salvador 2, Trinidad and Tobago 2
If this thrilling battle is any indication, Group B is going to be a lot of fun.
Philadelphia Union midfielder Keon Daniel got the scoring started for Trinidad and Tobago in the 11th minute when he smoothly slotted home a ball that luckily made it to him off a El Salvador deflection.
But then the Rodolfo Zelaya Show got underway.
The 25-year-old forward gave the Soca Warriors fits all night, eventually breaking through with this marvelous missile of a free kick in the 22nd minute.
Both teams would continue to threaten with some fast-paced, back-and-forth action, but it was Zelaya who would eventually earn the brace.
In the 69th minute, Darwin Ceren crossed the ball in perfectly for Zelaya, who finished with a powerful header from close range to put El Salvador ahead, 2-1.
Just three minutes later, however, Trindidad and Tobago played in a beautiful long ball over the top to Stoke City's Kenwyne Jones, who did well to hold off his defender and finish clinically for the equalizer.
The play of the game, however, was none of the above, although it once again came off the foot of Zelaya. In the 89th minute, he was denied what would have been a magical game-winning hat trick when Jan Jan Williams showcased superb reflexes and knocked his world-class bicycle attempt just over the bar:
It would finally end at 2-2, but not before 90 scintillating, evenly-fought minutes in what very easily could end up as the match of the tournament.
Honduras 2, Haiti 0
Second match—more evidence that Group B is going to be bananas.
On the surface, group-favorite Honduras' 2-0 win over Haiti probably isn't shocking or even newsworthy. But in reality, it was much closer than the final tally indicates.
After Rony Martinez put Honduras ahead with his first international goal in the fourth minute, Haiti didn't collapse. It fought back, creating several positive opportunities.
Despite several encouraging chances, however, the Grenadiers were never able to find the back of the net, and in the 78th minute, Marvin Chavez put things away with a low shot from the top of the box that probably should have been saved.
Still, possession was 50-50 and Haiti fired off 23 shots to Honduras' six, suggesting that the fight for the top two spots in this group will undoubtedly be a four-horse race.
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