Gold Cup 2023: Mexico sail into Gold Cup knockouts with Haiti victory


Mexico continued their good form in Group B of the Gold Cup by knocking off Haiti to seal qualification for the knockout stages. Here’s what happened in 90 minutes.

After a comfortable win for Mexico in their first match in Group B, Jaime Lozano named an unchanged team to keep the momentum going.

While El Tri looked to pick up where they left off against Honduras, they appeared to have left their scoring boots in Houston.

Lozano’s men spurned plenty of chances in the opening 45 minutes against Haiti, with the worst error coming just before the break when Henry Martín somehow sent his pinpoint effort straight at the keeper to save Haiti blushes at half-time.

However, it didn’t take long for Mexico to find their starter after the restart as Martín redeemed himself within a minute, heading home from close range to fire El Tri into the lead.

Mexico pounced on the Haitian side still licking their wounds, capitalizing on their second own goal from Ricardo Adé just 10 minutes later.

But Haiti would not bow out as Danley Jean-Jacques headed home from a corner in the last 15 minutes to halve the lead and leave Mexico sweating.

As Haiti struggled to equalise, Mexico were ready to strike on the break and they did just that in the dying minutes as Santiago Giménez’s touch at the back post sealed victory.

The win puts Mexico into the knockout stages as they look to win their first Gold Cup since 2019.

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