CONCACAF GOLD CUP

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Mexico

  • Jared Francisco Echavarria Borgetti 38'
  • Jared Francisco Echavarria Borgetti 38'
  • Jared Francisco Echavarria Borgetti 38'
  • Jared Francisco Echavarria Borgetti 38'
  • Jared Francisco Echavarria Borgetti 38'
  • Jared Francisco Echavarria Borgetti 38'
  • Jared Francisco Echavarria Borgetti 38'
  • Jared Francisco Echavarria Borgetti 38'
  • Jared Francisco Echavarria Borgetti 38'
  • Jared Francisco Echavarria Borgetti 38'
  • Nery Alberto Castillo 56'
  • Nery Alberto Castillo 56'
  • Nery Alberto Castillo 56'
  • Nery Alberto Castillo 56'
  • Nery Alberto Castillo 56'
  • Nery Alberto Castillo 56'
  • Nery Alberto Castillo 56'

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Cuba

  • Reynier Alcántara 23'
  • Reynier Alcántara 23'
  • Reynier Alcántara 23'
  • Reynier Alcántara 23'
  • Reynier Alcántara 23'
  • Reynier Alcántara 23'
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Mexico 2-1 Cuba: Minnows provide tough test

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey, June 8 (Reuters) - Four-times CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico made hard work of beating Cuba 2-1 in a Group C match on Friday.

It took a shock goal by Cuba, known more in the region for

their baseball prowess, to shake the Mexicans out of their

lethargy at a steamy Giants Stadium.

Mexico, missing big names such as goalkeeper Oswaldo

Sanchez and Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez, started

sluggishly against a team who had only won one Gold Cup match

in four previous appearances.

The Mexicans were stunned in the 22nd minute when a

right-wing cross from Osvaldo Alonso caught the defence out of

position. Striker Reynier Alcantara had time to control the

ball with his left foot and drill a right-foot shot into the

top corner past a diving Guillermo Ochoa.

The goal sparked Mexico into action and four minutes later

a piece of individual brilliance by Nery Castillo, who plays

for Olympiakos of Greece, almost levelled the scores. But after

taking a high pass on his chest, his delicate chipped volley

came back off the bar with goalkeeper Odelin Molina beaten.

However, in the 38th minute, the Cuban defence allowed

experienced centre forward Jared Borgetti to get behind them

for a free header from a cross by Adolfo Bautista for the

equaliser. Borgetti is back playing in the Mexican league with

Cruz Azul after brief spells with English Premier League Bolton

Wanderers and in Saudi Arabia.

Mexican coach Hugo Sanchez made an inspired switch at

halftime, bringing on Jose Francisco Fonseca for Bautista.

It put the Cuban defense on the back foot and 10 minutes

into the second half, Fonseca's shot on the run was too hard

for a diving Molina to hold and Castillo was on hand to slide

home the loose ball for a 2-1 Mexico lead.

Ten minutes from the end, Fonseca nearly made it three, but

his fierce header was tipped over by Molina who was then

treated for several minutes for a back injury.

In the first match on Friday, Panama beat Honduras 3-2. The

Gold Cup is played between countries of North and Central

America and the Caribbean that make up the CONCACAF region of

FIFA.

Scoring Summary

  • Mexico
  • Cuba

Teams

  • Mexico
  • Cuba
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