Review of day two of the Under-20 CONCACAF Championship

Day 2 (Group B): Mexico sends a message and Canada begins the qualification with the perfect start, while the Central Americans play to a heated draw.

By Jorge Belon, Managing Editor 

Group B began on Saturday and after one game, it is clear that the Mexicans are the favorites to win the group and qualify for the 2015 World Cup in New Zealand.

Game 1: Mexico 9-1 Cuba

El Tri played against Cuba in the first match of the day, and sent a loud message to every team in the tournament with their nine-goal performance. Before fans could even get comfortable in their seats, Mexico found themselves up 1-0 with Alejandro Diaz scoring 34 seconds into the game.  

The Cubans responded quickly three minutes later with Eddy Sanamé making a run into the penalty box and blasting the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1.

However, after allowing a goal in the Mexicans responded and unleashed eight unanswered goals to win the match 9-1. The defending champions had four players score two goals in the landslide victory.

El Tri will be now looking to lock up the group with a victory over Canada on Monday at Montego Bay Sports Complex at Montego Bay, Jamaica. As for the Cubans they will be looking to rebound against Honduras on Monday and at the same location. 

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Game 2: Honduras 2-2 El Salvador

As for the second match, Honduras was seconds away from walking away with a 2-1 victory over their rivals El Salvador, but the Salvadorian fought back from a two-goal deficit and tied the game 2-2 in the 90th minute with a penalty from Jose Villavicencio. 

Honduras will need to erase this match quickly and the doctor’s order will have already arrived for the Catrachos. Their next opponent will be the bewildered Cuba on Monday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The Salvadorians will be facing Haiti on Monday at the same location, while El Salvador will be looking to build on their positive result against Honduras.

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Game 3: Canada 3-1 Haiti

In the final game, the Canadians defeated Haiti 3-1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. The Canucks were led by forward Jordan Hamilton who scored two goals to secure the victory. The Haitians cut the lead to 2-1 at one point, but Les Rouges kept their cool and scored the third and final goal at the 70th minute. 

The Canucks will be looking to build on their positive results when they face Mexico on Monday at the same location. As for Haiti they will be hosting El Salvador on Monday and need nothing less than three points to keep their World Cup dreams alive. 

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Tomorrows match: Group A will get their second matches under way on Sunday, and a bad result for some of these teams could put their World Cup dreams in serious danger. Trinidad and Tobago will be facing Aruba, and the United States will face off Panama in a must win game. If the Americans fail to win they will only have one point out of a possible of six points and Panama will have complete control of the group. For the final match of the day, the host nation Jamaica will be facing Guatemala on Monday. Neither team can afford another draw. 

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