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Group B: Jamaica leads but everything still wide open

Rudolph Austin headed the ball home very late to lift Jamaica to a first ever victory over Canada in the Gold Cup.



With this win, the Reggae Boys take command of Group B with 4 points and pretty much with a foot set in the quarterfinals.  All they have to do is at least draw against El Salvador.  Jamaica could have skipped all the drama but their lack of finishing is hitting them heavily.  They play such a physical and fast football that at times it really puts the opponents in danger up until that last touch.  A couple of individual plays that looked very appealing to the crowd (and to me) however, they MUST find a way to capitalize on those chances.  Being in a group where everything is still open, goal difference is of utmost importance. 


In the second match, Costa Rica let the win slip away from their grasp in the last moment agianst El Salvador.  Dustin Corea found a late equalizer to salvage a point for El Salvador and now both Central American sides are tied with 2 points each.  Once again the Costa Rican defense were not able to hold on to the one goal lead, and this one could have been avoided because any cross into the 6-yard box it's up to the goalkeeper to take that ball but Esteban Alvarado hesitated for just a second which led to a heartbreaking outcome for Los Ticos as the goal came in the 92nd minute, right when they were about to celebrate getting the 3 points.  Both sides were pretty much leveled and the draw is a fair result. 


It will all come down to the wire in the last round of this group which will take place on Tuesday night at the BMO Field in Toronto.



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