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  • June 10, 2011
  • • 02:00
  • • Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Referee: C. Campbell
  • • Attendance: 46012

Cuba 0-5 Mexico: second-half flurry lifts under-staffed El Tri

Cuba 0-5 Mexico: second-half flurry lifts under-staffed El Tri

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Mexico (Getty Images)

Despite being without six players, El Tri managed a comfortable win over the Leones del Caribe. After taking a narrow lead into half-time, Mexico scored four unanswered goals.

Mexico were under-staffed on Thursday, but still managed to earn a 5-0 win against Cuba in Thursday's Gold Cup match. Javier Hernandez and Giovani Dos Santos had a brace apiece for El Tri, who gained a two-point lead in Group A.

Following the cuts of five players suspected for doping and the loss of injured defender Ricardo Osorio, coach Jose Manuel De La Torre had just 17 players available. However, the five-time Gold Cup winners took an early lead and had little pressure throughout the match.

After 36 minutes, an unmarked Hernandez nodded home Andres Guardado's cross to give Mexico the all-important go-ahead goal. El Tri were not at their very best, but had their chances and took a deserved lead into the half-time break.

Following the interval, Mexico dictated the flow of play well and got a second goal through Dos Santos, who converted from Pablo Barrera's set-up in the 63rd minute. Moments later, Hernandez set up Jesus Guajardo for a third goal, and in the 68th minute, Dos Santos completed his brace.
Eight minutes later, Hernandez grabbed his second goal of the game, rounding off a comfortable win. El Tri did well to close out their victory, and Cuba saw little of the ball and barely had a sniff at goal as they succumbed to defeat.

The result sees Mexico move two points clear of Costa Rica, meaning that El Tri will need just a draw to secure first place in Group A.Following two consecutive losses, Cuba remain fourth, and will only play for pride as they take on El Salvador in their final group stage match.

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