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Gold Cup 2019: Latest Group Results, Tables and Schedule After Monday

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2019

El Salvador's Nelson Bonilla (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup match between Curacao and El Salvador, on June 17, 2019 at Independence Park in Kingston. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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The focus shifted to Group C of the 2019 Gold Cup as the action continued with a pair of matches Monday.

El Salvador, which has reached the quarterfinals in three of the last four tournaments, opened the group against Curacao. Curacao is looking for its first Gold Cup win since 1969.

Back-to-back runner-up Jamaica meets another Gold Cup mainstay, Honduras, to bring Monday to a close.

Here's a look at how the night unfolded.

         

Monday Results

El Salvador def. Curacao, 1-0

Jamaica def. Honduras, 3-2

        

Tuesday Schedule

Panama vs. Trinidad and Tobago, 7:30 p.m. ET (FS1)

United States vs. Guyana, 10 p.m. ET (FS1)

Full Gold Cup schedule is available at the tournament's official site

       

Standings

Group C

1. Jamaica: 3 pts; +1 GD

2. El Salvador: 3 pts; +1 GD

3. Honduras: 0 pts; -1 GD

4. Curacao: 0 pts; -1 GD

Full group standings are available on the Gold Cup's official site

        

Recap

El Salvador 1, Curacao 0

Nelson Bonilla scored in the first minute of first-half injury time, and that's all El Salvador needed to walk away with three points and a victory over Curacao.

Bonilla capitalized on a mistake by Curacao defender Cuco Martina. Martina's touch allowed the Bangkok United forward to have a clear scoring chance one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

El Salvador take the lead!!! With the last kick of the first half Nelson Bonilla put El Salvador on 🔝 https://t.co/gf2hVucWQu

Goal's Jon Arnold thought the goal was down to more than blind luck, though:

Jon Arnold @ArnoldcommaJon

Mistake there from Curacao, yes, but if Nelson Bonilla and the others don't put in the effort to get forward after the long ball forward, it doesn't matter. El Salvador up at the break thanks to the attacker's work. #GoldCup

Curacao only managed three shots overall and one shot on target. El Salvador finished with nine and five, respectively.

The outcome may have looked far different if Leandro Bacuna made better contact with this header from close range in the first half:

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

Bacuna heads it just wide! The opportunities for Curaçao keep on coming as the hunt for their first-ever Gold Cup goal continues. #GoldCup2019 https://t.co/nhwz2lBsaN

Otherwise, Curacao mustered little in the final third.

For the most part, it was a workmanlike win for El Salvador. Curacao was careful not to overextend itself too much in the attack, thus leaving major gaps for El Salvador to exploit. And facing off with defensive sides can be a tricky test, even for teams with a clear talent edge.

Considering his team's toughest matches in Group C are still to come, coach Carlos de los Cobos will want to see his players find another level when they return to the pitch Friday against Jamaica.

        

Jamaica 3, Honduras 2

A late goal from Rubilio Castillo came too little, too late for Honduras to avoid a 3-2 defeat to Jamaica.

The Reggae Boyz jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half following a brace by Dever Orgill.

Much of the attention heading into the match centered on Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, who had yet to make his full Jamaica debut. Bailey started against Honduras and needed just under 15 minutes to make an impact.

The 21-year-old helped set up Orgill's first goal.

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

It didn't take @leonbailey long to make an impact for the Reggae Boyz. A pretty chip pass sets up Jamaica's opening goal by Dever Orgill at the #GoldCup2019 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/zku4fvAHk4

Orgill got some good fortune to double Jamaica's lead. His goal came at the end of a solid passing move, but his shot deflected off Honduran defender Henry Figueroa and left Luis Lopez with no chance of making the save.

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

DEVER ORGILL AGAIN! 🇯🇲 The Reggae Boyz go up by ✌️ in the first half. https://t.co/CccrJkC7zL

Anthony Lozano got Honduras into the match with a 54th-minute goal. Two minutes later, Damion Lowe canceled out the tally to make it a 3-1 game.

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

And just like that Jamaica make it 3-1! 🇯🇲 Damion Lowe heads in the corner and restores Jamaica's 2 goal lead! #GoldCup2019 https://t.co/WzEYsGOiTh

Jamaica was devastating on the counterattack. It had eight goals on target despite only finishing with 43 percent of possession.

The time has never been better for Jamaica to have its Gold Cup breakthrough. The United States largely remains in disarray, and neither Mexico nor Costa Rica is untouchable. Especially with Bailey aboard, the Reggae Boyz are the biggest threat to end the U.S./Mexico Gold Cup duopoly.

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