In a match full of emotions, the Guadeloupe national team tied with its Canadian counterpart, 2-2, in a duel in Group D of the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
More info in a minute Guadeloupe scored a stoppage-time goal to secure a 2-2 draw with Canada on Tuesday night at BMO Field in Toronto, in the opening match of Group D of the Gold Cup.
Guadalupe continued the momentum they achieved during the Gold Cup preliminary qualifiers, when they kept consecutive clean sheets, with a strong start to the group stage.
In the 15th minute, striker Thierry Ambrose shot a ball on goal, and Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan put it into the goal.
However, in the second arrival, Ambrose beat Borjan in the 23rd minute, after a pass from Mathias Vaitton to Jordan Lebourgne, and the latter cleared Ambrose's pass that created a 1-0 lead for Guadalupe.
But Canada pressed the counterattacks in front of its fans and was able to turn the match around in the second half.
Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini started a move from near the midfield circle, where he connected with Junior Hoilett, who then sent a cross to Cavallini, who made the score 1-1 in the 50th minute.
Canada then took a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute when Ali Ahmed found space near the penalty area and sent a high pass towards midfielder Richie Laria, who sent the ball into the goal and it was cleared by defender Medy Lina.
The home team's fans were ready to celebrate the victory, but another own goal in the 94th minute prevented the celebration. After receiving a free kick from the right side, Guadeloupe midfielder Johan Routsen sent the ball, and substitute defender Nathaniel Centene was able to head it in. Ambrose was at the far post and headed a low cross that deflected off Canadian Jacen Russell Rowe for the equaliser.
The two teams return to action on Saturday at Shell Energy Stadium in Houston, where Canada will play Guatemala and Guadeloupe will play Cuba. (CONCACAF)
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