The second round of 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup group action began Wednesday in Denver.
Martinique kicked off the night with a resounding 3-0 victory over Cuba, and Mexico followed with a 3-1 win against Canada.
Mexico, which Oddschecker lists as the even-odds favorite to win the Gold Cup, began its tournament with a resounding 7-0 victory over Cuba. Canada won its opener 4-0 over Martinique.
Mexico now leads Group A with six points. Canada and Martinique each have three, and Cuba has none.
Here's a look at Wednesday's Gold Cup results and recaps, the Thursday schedule and the current tournament table.
Martinique def. Cuba, 3-0
Mexico def. Canada, 3-1
Full Gold Cup results are available at the tournament's official site.
Nicaragua vs. Haiti, 7 p.m. ET (TV: FS1) at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas
Costa Rica vs. Bermuda, 9:30 p.m. ET (TV: FS1) at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas
Full Gold Cup schedule is available at the tournament's official site.
1. Mexico: 6 pts; +9 GD
2. Canada: 3 pts; +2 GD
3. Martinique: 3 pts; -1 GD
4. Cuba: 0 pts; -10 GD
1. Costa Rica: 3 pts; +4 GD
2. Haiti: 3 pts; +1 GD
3. Bermuda: 0 pts; -1 GD
4. Nicaragua: 0 pts; -4 GD
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
1. United States: 3 pts; +4 GD
2. Panama: 3 pts; +2 GD
3. Trinidad and Tobago: 0 pts; -2 GD
4. Guyana: 0 pts; -4 GD
Full Gold Cup table is available on the Gold Cup's official site.
Martinique 3, Cuba 0
Joris Marveaux, Stephane Abaul and Kevin Fortune each scored goals as Martinique dominated en route to a 3-0 win over Cuba.
Martinique outshot Cuba 21-7 and put seven shots on goal to Cuba's three.
The goaltenders were initially the story of this match, as Cuba's Sandy Sanchez and Martinique's Loic Chauvet traded sensational first-half saves.
Sanchez stopped two Martinique shots in the 23rd minute:
And Chauvet's quick reaction to a point-blank shot attempt denied Cuba's chance at a 1-0 edge in the 30th minute:
However, a scoreless first half that featured fantastic goaltending ended in surprising fashion when a Marveaux header off a corner kick gave Martinique a 1-0 edge in the 45th minute:
Martinique only continued the pressure in the second half and earned a penalty kick, but Kevin Parsemain's shot was off-target.
That didn't matter, however, as Abaul tacked on an insurance goal off a cross at the 70th minute:
Undeterred from his missed penalty shot, Parsemain then set up Martinique's final tally with a beautiful pass to Fortune, who put home the third goal:
Martinique has given itself a far greater chance to make the Gold Cup knockout stage for the first time since 2002.
Mexico 3, Canada 1
Andres Guardado scored two second-half goals and Roberto Alvarado added a 40th-minute strike as Mexico defeated Canada 3-1.
Mexico largely controlled the match, registering 18 shots (six on goal) to Canada's 10 (four on goal). El Tri also controlled possession for 69 percent of the match.
Alvarado was in the right place at the right time in the 40th minute when a Milan Borjan save off a Raul Jimenez shot ricocheted to the striker, who blasted the ball into the net.
Jimenez, who earned a brace in Mexico's first Gold Cup match, nearly scored two other times.
A 20th-minute attempt sailed over the crossbar:
In the dying minutes of the first half, Jimenez once again put forth a threat, but Borjan made a key stop to keep the 1-0 deficit intact.
El Tri registered 12 shots (three on goal) versus Canada's four (two on goal) in the first half. Mexico also controlled possession for 73 percent of the first half and had 310 passes to Canada's 120.
In the second half, Guardado put home Mexico's second goal and his 11th career Gold Cup goal when he fired a laser past Borjan in the 54th minute:
Canada didn't go away quietly and took advantage of a defensive mistake, leading to a Lucas Cavallini goal off a Jonathan David steal and assist:
However, Mexico ramped up the pressure once more thanks to some incredible ball control from Uriel Antuna, who found Guardado for his second score and the final tally of the match:
Mexico has now outscored its Gold Cup opponents, 10-1.
The quartet will move to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina for its final group matches.
Cuba will face Canada at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, and Mexico and Martinique will follow.
Mexico has clinched a spot in the knockout stage. Canada, Martinique and Cuba are still mathematically alive to grab the other Group A knockout spot. However, Cuba would need to beat Canada and win a tiebreaker on goal differential, which currently sits at -10.
Realistically, the final spot will go down to Canada and Martinique, with the former country having a significant advantage thanks to a three-score edge in goal differential in addition to facing a weaker final opponent.