Wins for El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago meant that they leapfrogged Haiti into the knockout stages of the Gold Cup. Will Burns is here with a quick round-up.
EL SALVADOR 1-0 HAITI
Haiti were left devastated by a Rodolfo Zelaya’s goal in the 76th minute off a rebound after his penalty kick was saved. The Haitians, who have performed well throughout the tournament, came up short against a poor El Salvador side that must thank their lucky stars that they have made it through to the last eight.
Zelaya netted the goal after goalkeeper Frandy Montrevil stopped the shot, but the goal was not without controversy, as Haiti players adamantly protested linesman Philippe Biere’s foul call on Jean Marc Alexandre, which was upheld by referee Javier Santos.
HONDURAS 0-2 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Stoke City’s Kenwyne Jones and Kevin Molino fired the Trinidad and Tobago to victory, which propelled them to second place and a spot in the last eight.
The match turned in the 37th minute when Jose Velasquez hacked down Cornell Glen with an awful tackle from behind. The referee rightly showed Velasquez a red card for his dangerous challenge and Honduras had to play more than 50 minutes with just ten men. The Soca Warriors had the upper hand even before they went up a man as Jones gave the Catrachos back line fits, but his finishing left plenty to be desired.
Once Velasquez was shown the door, Honduras never had a chance. The looks at goal kept coming for T&T and when Orin Peralta shoved Glen in front of goal, Trinidad got the goal they deserved. The referee whistled for a penalty and Jones buried the spot kick to put T&T in front.
Jones set up the Soca Warriors’ second when he received a ball at the top of the box and beautifully played it in for Molino with his first touch. Molino, who was in along on goal, calmly slotted the ball home and Trinidad and Tobago was home free to a win and a rare spot in the quarter-finals.
Click the name above to follow Will on Twitter.