MIAMI -- Haiti and Guadeloupe played a 1-1 tie in an opening
match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday night.
Cedrick Fiston's goal in the 54th minute tied the match for Guadeloupe, making its first Gold Cup appearance. Miguel Comminges centered a pass to Fiston, who dived to convert on a shot from 6 yards that eluded Haiti goalkeeper Gabart Fenelon.
Haiti repeatedly pressured the Guadeloupe goal in the final 20 minutes, but failed to convert a shot past goalkeeper Franck
Turlien Romulus' 20-yard shot sailed over the crossbar in the 71st minute, and Gandel dived to deflect Alexandre Boucicaut's
15-yard shot in the 84th minute.
With 3 minutes remaining in regulation, Jean Sony Alcenat missed wide right on a point-blank shot just outside the 6-yard box after receiving Boucicaut's crossing pass from the right wing.
Haiti took a 1-0 lead on Mones Cherry's successful penalty kick in the 35th minute. Guadeloupe defender Alain Vertot fouled Boucicaut inside the penalty area, resulting in Cherry's penalty kick.
Haiti and Guadeloupe each earned a point, while Canada leads Group A with three points following a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica earlier Wednesday.
Canada will play Guadeloupe in its second group match Saturday, followed by Haiti and Costa Rica.