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CONCACAF Gold Cup: Costa Rica tops Jamaica

Field Level Media
21 Jul 2021, 13:55 GMT+10

Bryan Ruiz headed home a cross from Ariel Lassiter in the 53rd minute, and Costa Rica held on to beat Jamaica 1-0 on Tuesday in Orlando and finish atop Group C in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Costa Rica goalie Leonel Moreira received a red card in the 72nd minute for a hand ball outside the 18-yard box, but his team held on for the win.

Thanks to the win, Costa Rica (3-0-0) will oppose Group B runner-up Canada in the quarterfinals, while Jamaica (2-1-0) will face the United States, Group B winner, in the quarters. Both of those matches are scheduled for Sunday in Arlington, Texas.

The Tuesday game started late after a long weather delay.

Qatar 2, Honduras 0

Homam Ahmed scored on a tight-angle shot in the first half and Abdulaziz Hatem sealed the win in second-half stoppage time as Qatar defeated Honduras in Houston to claim first place in Group D.

Qatar (2-0-1) earned a Saturday quarterfinal date with Group A runner-up El Salvador in Glendale, Ariz. Honduras (2-1-0) only needed a draw Tuesday to win the group, but now it will face Group A winner Mexico in a Saturday quarterfinal at Glendale, Ariz.

In the 25th minute, Qatar's Hassan Al-Haydos dribbled toward the top of the penalty area and dropped a perfect reverse pass to Ahmed, who was racing forward on the left wing. Ahmed beat Honduras goalie Luis Lopez with a 12-yard shot inside the near post.

Hatem completed a three-on-one breakaway with a goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time.

Suriname 2, Guadeloupe 1

Nigel Hasselbaink rolled home the winning goal in the 79th minute, lifting Suriname past Guadeloupe in Houston and giving his team third place in Group C at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Guadeloupe played more than an hour with 10 men after Kelly Irep received a red card in the 29th minute, and teammate Quentin Annette was sent off in second-half stoppage time.

Both teams lost each of their first two Gold Cup games and were eliminated from the possibility of advancing before their Tuesday meeting in the group-stage finale.

Gleofilo Vlijter gave Suriname a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute before Matthias Phaeton tied the contest six minutes later.

--Field Level Media

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