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FOOTBALL: Reggae Boyz returns to action in CFU Caribbean Cup Finals

Published:Friday | November 14, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will today try to bounce back from a disappointing start when the 2014 CFU Caribbean Cup Finals in Montego Bay resumes with action in Group B.

The Reggae Boyz, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Martinique in their opening match on Wednesday, will now face Antigua and Barbuda.

The match is the second fixture of a double-header at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, and starts at 8 p.m.

Martinique and Haiti will contest the opening game at 5:30 p.m.

All four teams in the group are locked on a point each entering today’s matches.

Because of that situation Reggae Boyz coach Winfried Schafer said his side would have to win today against Antigua and Barbuda.

The Antigua and Barbuda side showed fighting qualifies on Wednesday by coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 with qualifying favourites Haiti.

Meanwhile, the 2012 beaten finalists Trinidad and Tobago outscored French Guiana 4-2 last night to snatch the first semi-final spot.

With the victory, T&T moved the maximum six points to maintain their two-point lead in Group A with one round of matches remaining.

In the group’s other match, defending champions Cuba secured their first victory with a 3-2 win over Curacao. They have now moved to four points, two ahead of third place French Guiana on a point.

Curacao are out of contention without a point.

The top four teams from the tournament will qualify for the prestigious CONCACAF Gold Cup in the USA.

The fifth-place team will compete in a home-and-away play-off sequence against a fifth-place team from UNCAF, with the winner advancing to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

And for the very first time, the Caribbean Cup winners will secure an automatic berth into the prestigious Copa América Centenario scheduled to be played in 2016.


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