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Gold Cup Rewind: Mexico outlasts Costa Rica in penalties, Haiti shocks Canada

Two teams punched their tickets to the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup semifinals on Saturday night, each winning in different ways to do so.

Mexico outlasted Costa Rica 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the sides could not find a winner after 120 minutes of action. Guillermo Ochoa denied Keysher Fuller in the fifth round of penalties to secure El Tri’s place in Tuesday’s first semifinal.

Tata Martino’s side snatched the lead in the 44th-minute when Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez broke the deadlock. End-to-end action was finished by El Tri as Jimenez created room for a shot after his prior attempt was blocked.

Luis Rodriguez was whistled for a penalty in the 51st minute after he brought down Joel Campell inside of the penalty area. Bryan Ruiz equalized for Costa Rica to make it 1-1.

Leonel Moreira denied Jimenez a second after the striker ripped a wonderfully-taken effort right after Costa Rica tied it up. Carlos Rodriguez rattled the crossbar in the 86th-minute which could’ve ended the match in regular time.

Ochoa made a terrific save on Jonathan McDonald in the 108th-minute to force the sides into penalties.

Carlos Salcedo scored the fifth penalty for El Tri before Ochoa guessed right to deny Fuller’s attempt and seal his side a place in the next round.

Haiti 3 – Canada 2

Haiti pulled off a major upset in the first quarterfinal of the day, rallying from a 2-0 deficit for a dramatic 3-2 victory.

The Haitians scored three second-half goals to erase a two-goal deficit and set up a date with Mexico in the semifinals.

Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini scored 10 minutes apart to hand the Canadians a 2-0 advantage. David took advantage of a quick restart to blast home for the opener.

Scott Arfield played Cavallini in one-on-one and the striker rounded Johny Placide before tapping into an empty goal.

Duckens Nazon started the comeback in the 50th minute as he raced onto a loose ball and beat Milan Borjan before the goalkeeper could clear. Herve Bazile slotted home Haiti’s equalizer from the penalty spot after the winger was fouled inside of the box.

Wilde-Donald Guerrier sealed the comeback after Nazon’s clipped in ball hit the midfielder who slotted home the game-winner.

These sides will meet on July 2nd in Phoenix.


  1. Tata will not be on the sidelines for the semis because of yellow card accumulation. Word is the official reason is for wearing sweatpants. Honestly you are a grown man in public put on a pair of khakis have some personal respect.

  2. Campbell wasn’t brought down inside the penalty box. And after seeing the replay it’s also clear there wasn’t a foul. Mexico were then denied a penalty call for a handball in the second half. The ref was terrible. Time for VAR at the Gold Cup.

    • You’re right it was outside the box but you’re letting the pro Mexico commentator influence you. He clips the ankle before making contact with the ball. As Dr. Joe pointed out since the Mexican player didn’t allow the opportunity to shoot he is the last defender thus it’s a free kick and red card. I doubt VAR would have red carded a Mexican player in the quarterfinals though.

        Mexico’s defender never touches Campbell. The ref just blew it.
        You’re one of those people that think hating Mexico somehow helps the USNT and are willing to look like an idiot to do it. Not my thing but you’re hardly alone on this. Are you French?

      • Funny Rob he clearly clips the ankle and Campbell’s foot hits the ball. The Mexican player never even touches the ball. Free kick.

      • Watch the video. He makes contact with the ball and then the Tico player flops. It was a clean tackle. Any contact came when the tico player dragged his feet to make contact as he flopped. But even then, what about the handball in the penalty box that wasn’t called in the second half for Mexico? You should be advocating for better calls on Gold Cups and the proper use of available tech to help refs, not just attack the team you clearly dislike. So concacafy of you.

  3. Canada’s finds a couple of half ass players and all of the sudden the proclaim themselves as being part of the region’s elite. Get knocked out by Haiti.

    • Look at Lil’ Bobby talking trash about Canada… Where were you during the U20 World Cup when Mexico was looking like a bunch of clowns, going 0-3 and scoring one goal?

      Good job waiting until El Tri got through the quarters before emerging from your mom’s basement…


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