Boyz survive late scare to advance
Jamaica survived a late scare to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Concacaf Gold Cup after Curacao came back to draw 1-1 in both team's final Group C at the Banc of California stadium last night.
The Reggae Boyz took the lead after 12 minutes through Shamar Nicholson but Jurien Gaari's added time goal earned Curacao a point from the contest.
The Jamaicans ended the group stage with five points and await the game between El Salvador (four) and Honduras (0) to know who tops the group. Curacao finished on three points.
Jamaica started the better team and wasted three great opportunities just five minutes into the match. Nicholson, starting his first Gold Cup game at centre-forward, failed to connect cleanly and put Alvas Powell's cross just wide.
Damion Lowe then had a header deflected off to the post for another corner. Then Nicholson's header from that corner went into the ground and over.
Jamaica continued to have the better of the match and Nicholson and Watson came close after 10 minutes. Two minutes later, Nicholson rattled the post with a curling shot and Andre Lewis' effort off the rebound was saved by goalkeeper Eloy Room.
But a minute after Nicholson found the net for the Boyz when he adjusted to Lewis' off target shot to redirect home from six yards. Curacao nearly equalised in the 19th minute, but Andre Blake tipped Jurien Gaari threatening cross for a corner.
Jamaica will take on either Panama or the USA in the next round.