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Gold Cup: Mexico Advance As Leaders Over Guadeloupe

GLENDALE, Ariz.--Mexico beat Guadeloupe 2-0 in Glendale, Arizona, to give them a pass into the quarterfinals. With top spot in Group C up for grabs, Mexico pulled off a great win nip it. Mexico will go on to play Haiti in the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in Dallas, Texas. Guadeloupe will also travel to Dallas but their opponent will be Costa Rica.
First Half
Mario Carrillo’s team started off on the right foot against Guadeloupe. El Tri, looking for more fire power upfront, started Omar Bravo instead of Miguel Sabah. The changes seemed to work as Mexico took the initiative early on.
Even before the one minute mark was hit, Alberto “El Venado” Medina went to work down the left flank. Medina carried the ball well and, with the goal in sight, had a go, but his shot missed the target. Mexico seemed to be in complete dominance during the early part of the game.
El Tri did not let Guadeloupe touch the ball as they were committed in clogging up the passing lanes. The very speedy Gwada Boys were not able to use their tremendous pace against Mexico. Guadeloupe were barely able to cross the midfield as all play was being kept on their side.

Bravo was being kept busy up top. He had his first chance thanks to Carlos Esquivel’s ability to work the ball on the right side. Bravo received the ball from Esquivel but was unable to hit it home. Again, in the 29th minute, Bravo tried his luck with his left foot, but his shot went just wide.
Mexico  got close again, this time courtesy of Giovani Dos Santos. Dos Santos linked up with Omar Bravo who brilliantly passed it back to Dos Santos, who missed it. The goal for Mexico seemed inevitable and, in the 41st minute, Gerardo Torrado broke the deadlock. Efrain Juarez drove the ball down the right flank, Juarez looked back and found Torrado. Torrado tried his luck from outside the box and it paid off as his kissed the back of the net. Mexico led 1-0.
Guadeloupe had basically nothing to offer up front. Guillermo Ochoa was having a field day as he had to perform no saves. The team that we had seen in the previews two encounters was not present in Glendale.

Second Half

Both teams came out with the same line-ups for the second half. Guadeloupe started attacking early and their aggressiveness earned them an early corner. Lerry Hanany got his head behind the corner but his attempt went well wide.

Guadeloupe seemed more attack oriented for the second half but their good opportunities were wasted. Gregory Grendey showed amazing skill with the ball and got all the way into the box, however, Ochoa was there to halt his progress.

In the 68th minute, Larry Clavier, who came in as sub, placed a superb header to the top right of Ochoa’s goal. The ball was destined for goal. Ochoa, though, performed one of his trademark stops to keep Mexico in the lead.

Guadeloupe were reduced to ten men in the 72nd minute when Alain Vertot earned his second yellow of the night.

Omar Bravo saw himself miss yet another shot in the six minutes later. Bravo received the ball from Medina, turned around, shot blindly and almost made it. Fausta was well positioned and laid down to stop the shot and send it out for a Mexican corner.

Guadeloupe were reduce to nine men after Ludovic Gottin lifted Fausto Pinto off his feet. Mexico took advantage of Guadeloupe’s disadvantage and, in the 85th minute, scored again. This time it was recently introduced Sabah who headed the ball in off a corner. Mexico rode off the rest of the game with plenty of opportunities but could not pull out another goal. Mexico won 2-0.

Sylvestre Adame,

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