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WC Qualification CONCACAF

  • June 8, 2012
  • • 2:00 PM
  • • Estadio Pedro Marrero, La Habana
  • Referee: C. Campbell
  • • Attendance: 7000

Live Commentary

  • There's the final whistle! The Canadian team hold for the win in Havana! What a crucial win for the away side! Occean header the difference on the day.
  • 90'
    Final seconds and Canada have earned themselves a corner.
  • 90'
    Corner cleared easily by the Canadian defense. Four minutes have of injury time have been added.
  • 90'
    Corner kick for Cuba.
  • 88'
    Free kick to Canada. The Reds play it short and Cuba eventually win back possession.
  • 88'
    Great chance for Canada! Hutchinson breaks free on the counter, plays it across to DeRo and his shot is just parried over the bar by Cooper!
  • 87'
    Goal kick to Canada
  • 86'
    Cuba still with most of the possession but Canada is holding them at bay. Only a few minutes left. Can Canada hold on?
  • 81'
    SubstitutionOlivier Occean Simeon Jackson
  • 80'
    SubstitutionA. Urgellés J. Corrales
  • 79'
    Gomez breaks free in the Canada box but he slips on the ball! Canada got really lucky on that one. Is this their day?
  • 78'
    SubstitutionD. Aira R. Linares
  • 77'
    Free kick parried easily by Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan.
  • 76'
    Free kick to Cuba deep in the Canada end.
  • 75'
    Yellow Card Will Johnson
  • 73'
    SubstitutionA. Gómez A. Ramos
  • 73'
    Cuba are dominating possession, while Canada is just trying to defend at this point.
  • 70'
    Red Card Lars Hirschfeld
    Red Card to Canada! Hirschfield handles the ball outside the box and is sent off as a result! Canada will have to play the last 25 minutes down a man. This is going to be a real test of character for the reds now!
  • 69'
    SubstitutionJulian De Guzman Atiba Hutchinson
  • 68'
    Yellow Card A. Gómez
  • 65'
    SubstitutionTosaint Ricketts Milan Borjan
  • 65'
    Free kick for Cuba on the edge of the area. Ball goes over. Free kick to Canada.
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Ante Jazic
  • 57'
    Canada have eleven men behind the ball as Cuba look to respond.
  • 54'
    Assist David Edgar
  • 54'
    Goal Olivier Occean
    GOAL FOR CANADA! Edgar plays a great cross for Occean and his header beats Cooper! 1-0 for the Reds!
  • 53'
    Great chance for Cuba! Alberto Gomez shot from close range JUST goes wide! That's a close call!
  • 50'
    Relative to the first half, the game has slowed down significantly.
  • 46'
    And we're off! The second half between Cuba and Canada is underway.
  • The players are making their way back onto the field for the start of the second half.
  • 0-0 at halftime between Cuba and Canada in Havana. De Rosario came close on two occasions while Hernandez almost scored for Cuba. The home team started the match brightly but as the wore on, Canada looked better and more confident in possession. Stay here for the second half!
  • 45'
    Great chance for Canada! De Rosario hits the crossbar from inside the box! Head coach Stephen Hart can't believe he missed!
  • 45'
    One minuted will be added for extra time.
  • 42'
    Play resumed after a Cuban player went down injured.
  • 38'
    Ricketts gets into a good position in Cuba's half and his shot from a tough angle goes high and wide.
  • 35'
    Still scoreless in Havana between Canada and Cuba but the games is being played at quite a high pace. Canada need to keep the ball more and slow things down.
  • 31'
    Both teams are trading possession now.
  • 29'
    Great chance for Cuba! Marcel Hernandez finds himself one on one with Hirschfeld and Canada's goalkeeper makes a great save! Surely that's a warning sign for Canada, they can't afford to let their guard down!
  • 26'
    Canada is really pushing the Cubans now; a goal in the first half would be vital for the reds. With the heat, things won't get easier in the second half.
  • 23' Canada's Rudi Schuller is on the scenes in Havana. Be sure to check the site for post game reactions later this afternoon.
  • 19'
    Canada come close! DeRo finds some space in the box and his shot is parried well by Cooper. Still 0-0 after 20.
  • 19'
    Canada look in control of the game now but they have to be careful to not concede too much ground when they lose possession. Cuba's strength is on counterattacks.
  • 16'
    Cuba started the match brightly, but it seems like Canada is finally starting to settle into the game. They're keep possession with more authority now.
  • 11'
    Occean does well to beat his marker on Cuba's left flank and gains a corner for Canada. Corner taken by De Rosario but the Cuba defense deals well with the danger.
  • 8'
    It's all Cuba at the moment, moving the ball around really well and the crowd is really into it. Canada have yet to really settle into the game.
  • 4'
    Cuba playing with a lot of intensity. They sure have pace up front, and they're used to the hot 30 degrees weather.
  • 1'
    The game is underway here in Havana! Canada will need to win this one if they want to get to the Hex.
  • Cuba Starting XI: Cooper, Francisco, Marquez, Colome, Hernandez, Cervantes, Gonzalez, Urgelles, Fernandez, AIra, Gomez.
  • Canada starting XI: GK Hirschfeld, Edgar, Hainault, McKenna (C), Jazic, De Guzman, Johnson, Ledgerwood, Ricketts, De Rosario, Occean.
  • Good afternoon and welcome to's live commentary of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. Canada visits Cuba in the first game of the second round. My name is Nick Sabetti and I will be doing the commentary of the match.