Gold Cup 2019: Latest Group Results, Tables and Schedule After Sunday, After Mexico and Canada flexed their muscle on Day 1 of the 2019 Gold Cup, four new teams get a chance to show what they can do on Day 2 Sunday.
Haiti, Bermuda, Costa Rica and Nicaragua kicked off their tournament with each squad getting the opportunity to prove it belongs in the conversation among the best in CONCACAF. The pressure was also on, as one match can play a significant role in determining a team’s fate in the group stage.
Here is what you need to know from Sunday’s action.Haiti got off to a slow start in its first match of the tournament but eventually found its footing to come away with a hard-fought victory.
It took almost the entire first half for either team to score a goal, but it was Bermuda that broke the tie with a header off a corner kick:
Both teams had their chances, but the underdogs were able to go up 1-0 at intermission.
However, the tide changed quickly in the second half, as Haiti appeared more aggressive on the attack. This eventually led to a pair of goals for Frantzdy Pierrot from close range:
Haiti dominated possession after halftime and ended up taking 24 shots in the match compared to just eight from Bermuda. The squad also had a 10-2 advantage in shots on goal.
This could have led to a more one-sided result, but Les Grenadiers will be happy coming away with the three points.
If the team can replicate its play in the second half in its next match against Nicaragua, Haiti should be headed to the knockout stage.
Costa Rica sent a message with its first match of the tournament, earning a 4-0 win over Nicaragua.
It took more than 90 minutes to officially decide the winner, but it was a one-sided battle from the very beginning.
The hosts took control of the match with two goals in the first 20 minutes, including one on an impressive strike from Celso Borges:
The third goal in the half was from an even longer distance, although it was more of an embarrassing play by the Nicaragua defense and goalkeeper Justo Lorente:
Still, the Ticos kept the pressure on and were rewarded with a 3-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, they controlled the action and prevented Nicaragua from getting many real chances in the attacking zone. The visiting team only got one shot on goal throughout the match.
A goal by Allan Cruz in the 75th minute then helped Costa Rica seal the win while improving the squad’s goal differential going forward.
Although the competition wasn’t necessarily the best, Costa Rica showed it should be considered a top contender to win the Gold Cup.