Gold Cup 2013 Results: Scores and Highlights from Day 8
Group play in the 2013 Gold Cup continued on Monday in the United States, as several teams attempted to advance to the knockout stage.
El Salvador and Haiti competed in the first match of the day, each needing a win to confirm a spot in the knockout stage. Honduras faced Trinidad and Tobago next.
Here's a look at how the action played out on the pitch on Monday.
El Salvador 1, Haiti 0
El Salvador showed some gusto early in the first half.
Rodolfo Zelaya displayed some nice footwork in the third minute and swung a cross to Mark Lester Blanco Pineda, but it was cleared by Haiti. Andre Flores found a nice cross in the sixth minute, but his pass to Zelaya was misplaced.
In the 12th minute, Zelaya was, once again, posing danger, swinging a quick ball to the net near the penalty spot, but Haiti goalkeeper Frandy Montrevil made a beauty of a save to keep his side safe.
El Salvador had a free-kick opportunity in the 16th minute, but Osael Romero simply slammed it into Haiti's wall, and Haiti was safe again.
Zelaya had a prime opportunity to score in the 18th minute when Montrevil badly misjudged a clearance, but Zelaya's attempt hit the post.
In the 31st minute, Haiti finally built somewhat of a challenge, but Kim Jaggy's touch sailed over the box.
In the 40th minute, Zelaya missed a prime chance, once again, as Montrevil found himself out of position. The 25-year-old found the post once more, as Haiti breathed a sigh of relief.
Despite all of El Salvador's challenges, it was scoreless at the half.
El Salvador registered two shots on target and five shots off target in the half. Haiti managed two shots on target. El Salvador worked for four corner kicks, while Haiti didn't produce any.
In the 51st minute of the second half, El Salvador had yet another opportunity to score as a great ball off a free kick found Jose Isidro Gutierrez, but Gutierrez's header missed wide.
Haiti mounted one of few challenges in the 58th minute, but Maurice Eudes was stopped by the El Salvador defense, resulting in a corner kick that amounted to nothing.
Both teams battled back and forth before Montrevil, once again, faced a challenge from Zelaya in the 70th minute. Zelaya's shot had some power behind it, but Montrevil made another diving save to keep El Salvador scoreless.
El Salvador received a controversial penalty kick in the 74th minute as the side judge whistled Jean-Marc Alexandre for holding in the box. Despite pleading from Haiti, a penalty kick was awarded.
This time, Zelaya found the net, albeit after a rebound off Montrevil. It was 1-0, El Salvador.
Fox Soccer tweeted out the goal:
GOAL El Salvador! Zelaya converts the penalty kick and gives his side a 1-0 lead. But was it a foul? See: http://t.co/alAZCV21E1— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 16, 2013
El Salvador continued to threaten from there while Haiti struggled to do much of anything on offense.
In the end, it was El Salvador that advanced to the knockout stage of the 2013 Gold Cup.
El Salvador posted seven shots on target and eight shots off target on Monday, per FoxSports.com. Haiti managed just two shots on target (two shots off target).
Trinidad and Tobago 2, Honduras 0
Honduras pressured early on Monday, setting up numerous chances to score.
In the second minute, Wilmer Daniel Fuentes had a chance, but his shot went wide. A foul by Kevin Molino in the fourth minute gave Honduras a free kick, but Honduras was unable to take advantage.
In the fifth minute, a foul by Khaleem Hyland on Mario Rene Berrios handed Honduras another free kick, but, once again, Honduras failed to capitalize.
Honduras received three corner kicks in the next two minutes, but wasn't able to get on the board.
Trinidad and Tobago's Andre Boucaud had a chance in the ninth minute, but Honduras goalkeeper Kevin Vance Hernandez made a nifty save.
Molino was, once again, whistled for a foul in the 10th minute, handing Honduras a corner while receiving a yellow card. However, Honduras couldn't capitalize.
In the 12th minute, it was Berrios who fouled Kenwyne Jones, gifting Trinidad and Tobago a free kick. But the side wasn't able to make it count.
Bark Abu fouled Berrios one minute later, as Honduras looked to finally score. But the ensuing free kick was cleared by Trinidad and Tobago.
Off a corner kick, Abu swung a shot toward goal in the 15th minute, but the attempt was wide.
In the 18th minute, Honduras' Jerry Palacios fouled Hyland, but Jones' ensuing shot off a free kick went wide. In the 20th minute, Jones, again, had an opportunity, but the ball missed the target.
Berrios threatened for Honduras in the 25th minute, but Jan Williams made the save.
In the 28th minute, Jones had yet another chance, but his shot went wide. In the 31st minute, Jones received another opportunity, but Hernandez snatched up the attempt.
Then, in the 37th minute, Honduras defender Jose David Velasquez was sent off the pitch after accumulating his second yellow card of the match on a foul of Cornell Glen.
Fox Soccer hit us with the video:
RED CARD! Honduras' Velasquez is sent off for his tackle on TnT's Glen. Watch: - http://t.co/wdbLOtN770— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 16, 2013
Hyland tried to find net a couple of minutes later, but his attempt, once again, went wide. Surprise, surprise, the 24-year-old had another chance in the 44th minute, but Hernandez saved his attempt.
And thus, marked the end of the first half with both sides scoreless.
Trinidad and Tobago managed two shots on goal (five shots off target) in the first half, while Honduras posted just one shot on goal (two shots off target).
Honduras had five corner kicks to three for the Soca Warriors.
Fox Soccer tweeted at the half:
HT: Trinidad & Tobago 0, Honduras 0. The Soca Warriors have been better and are now up a man, but are yet to score. #GoldCupOnFOX— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 16, 2013
After a scoreless first half, Trinidad and Tobago got on the board quickly in the second half.
After a foul on Orlin Orlando Peralta in the 47th minute, Jones finally found the net, giving the Soca Warriors a 1-0 lead.
Fox Soccer tweeted out the highlight:
GOAL Trinidad & Tobago! Jones converts the penalty kick to give his side a 1-0 lead over Honduras. Watch his shot: http://t.co/IZjXm44wrD— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 16, 2013
Glen had another opportunity for the leaders in the 49th minute, but the attempt was wide. Boucaud tried to add to the lead in the 56th minute, but his shot also went wide.
Berrios had a shot for Trinidad and Tobago in the 58th minute, but he was unable to equalize.
In the 67th minute, the Soca Warriors added to the lead, as Molino expertly fit the ball into the lower-right corner of the net off a feed from Jones.
Fox Soccer tweeted:
GOAL Trinidad & Tobago! Molino scores to give his side a 2-0 lead over Honduras. Check it out: http://t.co/THu7EycDze— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 16, 2013
Honduras' Roger Rojas and Jerry Palacios both got off shots shortly thereafter, but were unable to convert.
Honduras had a few more attempts down the stretch, but fittingly was never able to find the net. It was a frustrating night for the side.
Trinidad and Tobago went on to a 2-0 victory.
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