La Jornada – Jamaica eliminates Guatemala and will be a rival to Mexico

Jamaica defeated Guatemala enough (1-0), led by Mexican Luis Fernando Tena, and was confirmed as Mexico’s Gold Cup semi-final contender.

The only goal in the match was the work of Amari Bell, an attacking full-back who won the backs of the defenders and beat goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen with a right-footed shot from the six-yard box (51st minute).

Despite the support of the thousands of Guatemalan fans who gathered at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, the Tena team was unable to correct their lack of purpose in their offense. Rubio Rubin and Nathaniel Mendes Ling attempted long-range shots, but were far from causing damage.

During the group stage, Chappins achieved two victories over Cuba (1-0) and Guadeloupe (3-2) with which they strengthened their aspirations to approach the final. However, when her expectations were higher, she lost control of the match and was overwhelmed by Caribbean ambition.

“I was left with the feeling that we could have done more. We played against the great team of the tournament and anyone could take their ticket to the final,” he explained at the end of the match. My flesh Tina, he appreciates above all the support he has received from the Guatemalan fans. “The best thing is to support our people, we have bad taste not to give them more, this is sport and life itself.”

With Peel tied 1-0, the Jamaicans used their physical strength to win one-on-one duels in every sector of the court. Group A leaders behind the United States, they will now face Tricolor in the semi-finals, next Wednesday in Las Vegas.

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Icelandic Heimir Hallgrimsson, a strategist with the Guatemalan team, warned Reggae boys. “I feel great admiration for the work of Luis Fernando Tena, I congratulate him and wish him well. There are coaches who stay in the shadows when they manage small actors, but he does a great job.

In the other series, the USA beat Canada 3-2 on penalties, after tying it 2-2 in 90 minutes and extra time. Panama will be their next opponent in the semi-finals.

The confrontation between the two teams stopped in the first half for nine minutes after a cross hit the face of assistant referee Christian Kiapek Espinoza, who came out with a bloody nose and was unable to continue his work on the field.

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