Maykel Reyes scored in the 91st minute, and Cuba tied Canada 1-1 Monday night in Olympic qualifying.
Canada advanced to the semifinals Saturday in Kansas City, Kan., where the finalists will advance to the 2012 games in London. But either United States or El Salvador, playing Monday night, can win Group A and avoid Mexico.
Cuban midfielder Yosmel de Armas was listed as not present, Dairo Macias and Carlos Domingo Francisco were out due to red cards, and Maikel Chang rolled his left ankle in the 65th minute.
But Reyes headed the ball off a free kick from Dayron Blanco for Cuba’s first goal in the tournament for North America, Central America and Caribbean teams.
Evan James scored in the 25th minute off a pass from Lucas Cavallini, and Canada had several chances to pad its lead. But Cuban keeper Odisnel Cooper had a couple of nice saves.