Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Canada, Costa Rica reach Gold Cup quarters
MIAMI, June 11 (Reuters) - Canada and Costa Rica secured victories on Monday to book their places in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals.
Dwayne DeRosario scored both goals in Canada's 2-0 win over
Haiti which left the Canadians top of Group A with six points.
Walter Centeno's first-half free kick gave Costa Rica a 1-0
win over Guadeloupe in the early game. Both teams finished with
four points, but Costa Rica progressed to the last eight due to
their superior head-to-head record.
Guadeloupe can still advance as one of the two best
third-placed teams, but must await the results from Groups B
and C over the next two days.
DeRosario struck twice in quick succession in the first
half, running on to a Paul Stalteri cross at the back post to
volley the first from an acute angle after 32 minutes.
His second goal three minutes later was a penalty drilled
past Haiti keeper Gabart Fenelon. Canada's Issey
Nakajima-Farran had won the spot-kick when he was brought down
by Haiti captain Pierre-Richard Bruny.
Canada goalkeeper Pat Onstad saved with his feet from
Haiti's J. Michel Alexandre Boucicaut in the first half and
denied the same player midway through the second half after
recovering from a heavy collision with Ricardo Pierre-Louis
Haiti played with 10 men for the final nine minutes after
Bruny received a red card for his elbow on Kevin Harmse.
In the opening game, Centeno scored for Costa Rica with a
30-metre free kick in the 14th minute.
The game was an ill-tempered affair featuring seven yellow
cards, five to Costa Rica players.
Group B concludes on Tuesday outside Boston when the U.S.,
already through to the knockout stages, face El Salvador and
Trinidad & Tobago meet Guatemala. El Salvador and Guatemala
have three points each and Trinidad are bottom of the standings
without a point from two matches.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup, being staged in six U.S. cities this
month, will determine the champion of the region that includes
North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The winner
will earn an automatic berth in the 2009 FIFA Confederations