Monday, July 24, 2017 | ePaper

USA beat Nicaragua 3-0 to top Gold Cup Group B

  • Print


United States' Jorge Villafana (2) works through Nicaragua's Marlon Lopez (8), Daniel Candena (9) and Bryan Garcia (13) during a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday.

AFP, Los Angeles :

The United States survived two missed penalties to beat Nicaragua 3-0 in Cleveland on Saturday and reach the Gold Cup quarter-finals as winners of Group B. Goals from Joe Corona, Kelyn Rowe and Matt Miazga lifted the Americans against a lively Nicaragua side.
Bruce Arena's men went into the contest needing a three-goal win to top the group after Panama's 3-0 win over Martinique in the opening match of the day's double-header.
For a time it looked as if they wouldn't get there, but Chelsea defender Miazga's 88th minute header spared the Americans from a quarter-final date with dangerous Costa Rica.
Miazga earned his third international cap as Arena changed all 11 of his starters from the side that edged minnows Martinique on Wednesday.
The United States threatened early as Rowe fired straight at Nicaragua keeper Justo Lorente in the seventh minute.
Dom Dwyer and Zusi also went close, the latter surging into the box but firing straight at Lorente.
It was Corona who grabbed the opener in the 36th minute.
Alejandro Bedoya's cross from the right found Corona, whose shot from the top of the area was deflected inside the near post.
They doubled the advantage in the 56th, when Rowe, played through by Bedoya, beat Lorente for his first international goal.  But two second-half chances from the spot went begging.
Dwyer's penalty attempt, after the English-born striker was brought down in the box, was easily saved by Lorente.
After Rowe's goal, a Daniel Cadena handball gave the American's another chance, but Corona's effort was also saved.
The Americans gained a man advantage in the 85th after Luis Copete picked up a second yellow card, and Miazga's goal soon followed.
The United States and Panama both finished group play on seven points, but the US took the group with seven goals-for to Panama's six.
The Panamanians struck late in the first half and added two goals in the second in their victory over Martinique, who finished third in the group on three points.
Panama's New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo opened the scoring in the 44th minute, nodding in a cross from New York City FC's Miguel Camargo.
Goals in the 60th by Abdiel Arroyo and the 67th by Gabriel Torres sealed the points for Panama.
The top two teams in each of the three groups advance to the quarters, along with the two best third-place teams.

More News For this Category

Neymar dazzles as Barcelona down Juventus

Neymar dazzles as Barcelona down Juventus

AFP, United States : Neymar gave Barcelona fans a dazzling reminder of what they could be about to lose on Saturday, scoring twice as the Spanish giants defeated Juventus 2-1 in

Spurs open pre-season with 4-2 friendly win over PSG

Spurs open pre-season with 4-2 friendly win over PSG

AFP, Orlando :Harry Kane's late penalty helped Tottenham Hotspur start their pre-season preparations in emphatic fashion as French champions Paris St Germain imploded in Orlando.PSG were reduced to 10 men

Mexico block out drama before Gold Cup semifinal vs Jamaica

AP, Pasadena :After nearly two years as Mexico's head coach, Juan Carlos Osorio is used to constant criticism of his tactics and lineups. He isn't surprised by regular calls for

Inter University Football semi-finals today

Inter University Football semi-finals today

Both the semi-finals of the 1st Walton Inter University Football tournament will be held today (Monday) at Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the city's Kamalapur.On the

De Gea 'guaranteed' to stay at United: Mourinho

De Gea 'guaranteed' to stay at United: Mourinho

AFP, Santa Clara :Jose Mourinho has given a "guarantee" that David De Gea will stay at Manchester United this season, despite the long-running saga over a potential move to Real

Dempsey milestone as US down Costa Rica to reach Gold Cup final

Dempsey milestone as US down Costa Rica to reach Gold Cup final

AFP, Los Angeles :Clint Dempsey's milestone goal sealed the United States' 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Saturday in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Dallas, Texas.In Wednesday's

Dempsey at home 1 goal from record, US team in Gold Cup semi

Dempsey at home 1 goal from record, US team in Gold Cup semi

AP, Arlington :Clint Dempsey is back in his home state of Texas, one goal away from a national scoring record for the United States team that is one win from

No signings, no problem says confident Eriksen

No signings, no problem says confident Eriksen

AFP, Orlando :Christian Eriksen is adamant Tottenham Hotspur's lack of action in the transfer market this summer will not hamper manager Mauricio Pochettino's push for the Premier League title. While

Pensive Neymar stirs renewed PSG fever

Neymar's decision to post a photo of himself in thoughtful contemplation sparked a fresh wave of speculation that he is on the verge of sealing a world record 222-million-euro ($256.8

Dhaka Metropolis Football Tournament kicks-off on July 27

Dhaka Metropolis Football Tournament kicks-off on July 27

Sports Reporter :The Walton 1st Dhaka Metropolis Football Tournament kicks-off on July 27 at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the city's Kamalapur. Dhaka Metropolis Football