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July 20, 2013 6:35 PM EDT
Georgia Dome — Atlanta, Georgia
Referee:‬ J. Aguilar‎
Attendance:‬ 54229‎
 
84′ R. Jiménez
 
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Jan-Michael Williams
Jan-Michael Williams
Trinidad & Tobago
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Mexico 1-0 Trinidad & Tobago: El Tri advances to Gold Cup semifinals

Mexico did just enough, with a Raul Jimenez goal in the closing minutes helping El Tri advance past a scrappy T&T outfit.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Raul Jimenez, Mexico; Keon Daniel, Trinidad & Tobago
Mike Zarrilli
After peppering the Trinidad & Tobago goal for 84 minutes, Mexico finally found a breakthrough from Raul Jimenez, whose goal puts El Tri into the Gold Cup semifinal.

Stephen Hart's T&T side bows out at the quarterfinal round.

The first big chance came as soon as the third minute. Luis Montes drilled a low free kick into the box. It bounced around invitingly and Raul Jimenez back-heeled over to Carlos Peña, who blasted the ball into the ceiling of the net. The referee whistled for offside.

Trinidad & Tobago's best chances came from set pieces. In the ninth minute a Daneil Cyrus long throw caused some mayhem in the box. Eventually the ball popped out to Andre Boucaud, who fired a long-range shot on target. Jonathan Orozco dove impressively to tip it around. From the corner, Seon Power headed narrowly wide.

Crosses from overlapping fullbacks Miguel Layun and Adrian Aldrete carved out chances for Rafael Marquez Lugo and Raul Jimenez, respectively. Jan Michael Williams smothered Marquez Lugo's close-range shot and Jimenez guided his header the wrong side of the far post.

Other chances went close as well. Kenwyne Jones, with his back to goal, kept a Cyrus long ball in the air and attempted a bicycle, but Joel Huiqui karate kicked it out of the air. Peña hit a stunning one-time shot into the side netting. Marquez Lugo took a snap shot from the top of the box that lured a low, sprawling save out of Williams.

The second half opened with a flurry of chances as well, Jimenez putting the best off the upright with the outside of his foot.

The goal finally came with barely five minutes remaining in the match. Williams had pulled off 10 saves before El Tri finally beat him. Marco Fabian sprayed the ball to the right flank. Layun laid the ball into the box on the ground, and Jimenez barely scuffed a redirection on frame. The ball eluded Williams' outstretched paws and snuggled into the far post from an acute angle.

Mexico will play Panama, which beat El Tri in the group stages, in the semifinal.

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Mexico

1
3.00
33
J. Huiqui
Defender
3.00
16
A. Aldrete
Midfielder
3.00
6
3.00
19
4.00
27
C. Peña
Midfielder
69′
2.00
-
L. Montes
Midfielder
61′ 89′
3.00
5
A. Castro
Midfielder
3.00
9
R. Jiménez
Striker
84′
3.50
8
M. Fabián
Midfielder
3.50
7
3.00

Trinidad & Tobago

4.00
-
3.00
-
2.50
34
Seon Power
Defender
2.50
-
2.00
-
2.00
7
C. Edwards
Defender
89′
2.00
-
Andre Boucaud
Midfielder
88′
2.00
26
Keon Daniel
Midfielder
61′
3.50
9
3.00
-
3.00
9

Substitutes

23
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23
I. Jiménez
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
2
E. Velarde
Defender
89′
 - 
-
J. Pereira
Defender
 - 
14
 - 
16
M. Ponce
Defender
 - 
-
J. Cárdenas
Midfielder
69′
2.50
15
J. Cortés
Striker
 - 
99
 - 
27
J. Orozco
Striker
75′
3.00

Substitutes

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Marvin Phillip
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Cleon John
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
33
Chris Birchall
Midfielder
88′
 - 
-
Kevon Carter
Midfielder
89′
 - 
-
 - 
-
Jamal Gay
Striker

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