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Reggae Boyz beat Chile 2-1

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 9:40 PM

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz turned in a disciplined and resolute performance to earn a surprising but morale-boosting 2-1 win over world number three ranked and defending Copa America champion, Chile, in their friendly international in the South American country on Friday night.

Clayton Donaldson fired the visitors in front after 36 minutes and Joel Grant made it 2-0 on 53 minutes, before Nicolas Castillo pulled a goal back for the home team eight minutes from full time.

Jamaica led at half-time when Je-Vaughn Watson slipped a pass to Gareth McCleary down the right and the tricky winger's low cross found Donaldson, who didn't get the best first touch but reacted sharply to toe the ball past the advancing goalkeeper from six yards.

The Chileans, who also had their chances in the half, kept the Jamaicans under constant pressure for the last five minutes of the half, but the Boyz held their lead to the break.

After the break, the host had the Boyz under more pressure with a wave of attacks, but the Jamaicans caught them on the counter and Grant headed home from a Giles Barnes cross on 53 minutes to make it 2-0.

The home team increased their intensity afterwards and created but squandered numerous opportunities.

But they eventually got a goal back when Kemar Lawrence's attempted clearance hit Castillo and went in.


The Chileans tried desperately to get an equaliser but the Winfried Schäfer-coached team held firm in defence to come away with a famous victory.