Trinidad in Gold Cup last eight
GLENDALE, Arizona (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors stormed into the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup when they posted their second successive win in Group C, with a 2-0 verdict over Cuba here Sunday night.
First-half goals from Sheldon Bateau and AndrÈ Boucaud at the University of Pheonix Stadium were enough to see the Caribbean side through to the next round, with a game still left to play tomorrow against CONCACAF giants Mexico, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In the night's other encounter, 10-man Guatemala shocked the Mexicans, holding them to a 0-0 draw in the feature game of the double-header.
JosÈ Contreras was sent off in the 76th minute for a second bookable offence but remarkably, Guatemala managed to hold Mexico at bay for the remainder of the game.
Mexico are second on four points, two behind T&T, while Guatemala lie third and Cuba last, without a point.
Still riding high from their victory over Guatemala in their opening game last week, T&T struck early in the contest when Bateau converted in the 17th minute.
Lester Peltier's initial shot was blocked by Cuba goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra but Bateau followed up to tuck home the rebound for his second goal of the tournament.
Two minutes before the break, T&T took the game by the scruff of the neck when Boucaud doubled their lead, firing in after Cuba's captain Yenier Marquez directed a defensive header from a throw-in into his path, inside the box.
Cuba almost hit back immediately when Maikel Reyes produced an effort on goal, only to find the chance denied by goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, who was injured in the process and replaced by Marvin Phillip.