A late Jorge Claros goal gave Honduras a vital win to progress themselves into the knockout stages and a smash and grab Haiti win over T&T gives them, a great chance of progressing heading into the final group games early next week. Will Burns is once again here to rundown last night’s action.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0-2 HAITI
Haiti forward Jean-Eudes Maurice hit a brace to give his side a 2-0 triumph over Trinidad and Tobago in B on Friday night. The win lifts them up to second in Group B and only need a draw on Tuesday against El Salvador to confirm a last-eight place.
Le Mans striker Maurice pounced in the 16th minute after T & T goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams parried a fierce drive from Jean Junior Monuma Constant and placed the loose ball home.
Trinidad struggled in the first half to find any fluency in their play but came out aggressively after the break and went close when Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones hit the crossbar with a powerful header towards goal.
However, the Haitians were constantly a threat on the counter and made sure of their win in the 53rd minute when Yves Desmarets burst down the left wing and his low cross bounced off Maurice to end up in the goal.
Darryl Roberts wasted a good chance for T & T at the end of the game but Haiti emerged triumphant from the all-Caribbean clash to move to three points from two games, leaving their opponents propping up the group with just the one point.
HONDURAS 1-0 EL SALVADOR
A Jorge Claros goal two minutes inside of second half stoppage time gave Honduras a 1-0 victory over a plucky El Salvador and a spot in the quarter-finals of the Gold Cup.
Edder Delgado found an unmarked Claros, who took a couple of steps inside the box and blasted his shot into goalkeeper Dagoberto Portillo’s goal. El Salvador players instantly argued with referee Jair Marrufo, insisting Claros was offside for the goal.
Just moments earlier, Kevin Santamaria nearly gave the Salvadorians a late goal himself when he coasted into the area and his left-footed shot bounced off the right post.
El Salvador will desperately need to defeat Haiti on Tuesday if they wish to progress further.
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