It would take until the 72nd minute to break the deadlock, Cuba taking the lead through Maikel Reyes, directing an Alberto Gomez cross from the left on to the far-side of goal past Guatemalan keeper, Paulo Cesar Motta, at the near-post.
The matchup between Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico will determine who will be sitting on top of Group C as the tournament moves to the next stage. America has been particularly dominant in basketball: The US men’s team is 6-0 against Cuba in Olympic and FIBA competitions, never once coming within single digits of a loss (although Cuba did give the US a scare in the 1991 Pan-Am Games, losing 92-88).
Maykel Reyes hits a 73rd-minute victor as Cuba beat Guatemala 1-0 to advance into the Gold Cup quarter-finals.
Although I favor Guatemala to win the match, anything less than picking up three points will not do to make it to the quarterfinals.
“We were able to overcome those problems and this victory says it all”, Reyes said. He said scoring in the 20-and-under World Cup meant even more to him.
Cuba coach Raul Gonzalez had no comment on reports that Suarez had also defected. “I’m here to talk about (soccer), not politics”.
Cuba is now set for a date with the United States Saturday in Baltimore. Cuba’s late goal vs. Guatemala put them in the quarterfinals, but Klinsmann’s USMNT will be expected to coast past the island nation and into the semifinals where they will face the victor of Haiti vs. Jamaica.
While Guatemala had penalty appeals turned down either side of halftime, the Central Americans should have few complaints, as Cuba dominated the second half.
With less than a minute left in stoppage time, Marshall heads in a corner kick by Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoato to tie the match. Cummings played a ball down the right for Cordell Cato, who picked out the run of Jones with his cross.
Cuba’s best opportunity to score in the first half came in the 39th minute when Reyes raced ahead of the field to track down a long pass. But he couldn’t control the ball about 12 yards from the net and a hustling Morales caught up and slid to knock the ball out of play. If Trinidad somehow defeats Mexico by a large margin and Guatemala destroys Cuba, then the chances of finishing increase greatly.