Mexico advances to CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals
Marco Fabian and Luis Montes scored goals 13 minutes apart in
the first half and Mexico defeated Martinique 3-1 in the CONCACAF
Gold Cup on Sunday.
Miguel Ponce scored for Mexico in the 90th minute to secure the
Mexico, the two-time defending tournament champions, moved to
the quarterfinals after losing its first game of pool play to
Mexico (2-1-0, Pool A) beat Canada 2-0 on Thursday and clinched
second place behind Panama and secured a berth in the next round
with Sunday’s win.
”There’s a lot of things we have to correct, and a lot of times
victory covers those errors,” Mexico coach Jose Manuel De La Torre
said. ”Winning is great, but after the victory we’ll make an
analysis of what we did right and wrong.”
Kevin Parsemain scored for Martinique, which lost its final two
games of the tournament after opening with a 1-0 win over Canada on
Saturday. Martinique finished pool play 1-2-0 and now has to wait
to find out if it is one of two third-place teams to advance to the
”It’s very simple. Our destiny is not in our hands anymore,”
Martinique coach Patrick Cavelan said. ”We would have preferred to
get our qualifications by ourselves but this is the game.”
Mexico carried the play for most of the first half Sunday and
had several good scoring chances before breaking through in the
20th minute. Rafael Marquez put a hard shot on net that Martinique
goalie Kevin Olimpa deflected to the top of the penalty box.
Fabian, trailing the play, chopped the rebound over Olimpa to make
It was Fabian’s third goal of the Gold Cup.
Montes gave Mexico a 2-0 lead when he sent a low shot into the
left side of the net in the 33rd minute.
Martinique made it a one-goal game late in the first half when
Parsemain, taken down in the box by Alejandro Flores, scored on a
penalty kick in the 43rd minute.
Both teams had chances in the second half, but couldn’t
capitalize until late when Mexico scored. Miguel Layun carried the
ball down the right side and sent a crossing pass to Ponce, who
kicked it into the open net to clinch the win for Mexico.
”This was important,” Flores said. ”We have to go one step at
a time, but I think this was a very important game for us. We still
have a lot of things to improve, in the midfield and on
Mexico’s third goal could impact Martinique’s chances of making
it to the quarterfinals because goal differential is a factor.
”In the second half we were able to adjust, but we lost focus
and allowed the last goal,” Cavelan said. ”That could be bad for
This was the first meeting between the countries since the 1993
Gold Cup. Mexico won that game 9-0 on the way to its first of six
Gold Cup crowns.
A seventh title is still possible for the defending
”The objective is to go for the title and that’s the commitment
to keep working, to get to the final and to get the Gold Cup,” De
La Torre said. ”Pressure or no pressure, that’s the way it is,
that’s the way we work. It’s part of our job.”