CONCACAF Gold Cup: Groups C and D Previews - 07/20/2021

by Big Al Staff

The group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup concludes on Tuesday with four matches in Groups C and D. 

First place for Group C is on the line in the match between Jamaica and Costa Rica on FS1 at 7 PM ET. Jamaica earned their second win in this tournament with a 2-1 victory against Guadeloupe on Friday. The Reggae Boyz surrendered an own goal in the fourth minute of the match before Cory Burke scored his fifth goal for the national team to level the score. The score remained deadlocked until the 87th minute when Junior Flemmings scored the game-winner for Jamaica. The Reggae Boyz opened this event with a 2-0 victory against Suriname.

Costa Rica has also won their first two matches in Group C action after they defeated Suriname, 2-1, on Friday. The Ticos fell behind when the Natio scored the first goal in the 52nd minute of the second half. Joel Campbell evened the score six minutes later when he scored his second goal of the tournament for La Sele. Celso Borges gave Costa Rica the lead two minutes later with his second goal of the event. The Ticos played the final five minutes of the match with ten men after Francisco Calvo was issued a red card. He is suspended for this match. Costa Rica defeated Guadeloupe, 3-1, in their opening match in this tournament. 

With both teams tied with six points entering this game with booked tickets for the knockout stage, the winner takes first place in Group C and earns the higher seed in the quarterfinals bracket. Costa Rica takes first place if the match ends in a draw. In that instance, both sides would remain tied in goal differential. The second tie-breaker is goals scored which the Ticos hold a 5-4 edge. Costa Rica is a -0.5 goal line favorite with the total set at 2 (all odds from MGM). The match takes place at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. 

Guadeloupe plays Suriname on FS2 at 7 PM ET in a match where only pride is on the line. Both teams have been eliminated from the tournament with two losses in their first two matches. The Natio is a -1 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. This game is at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Both matches in Group D have repercussions for the knockout stage. Qatar plays Honduras on FS1 at 9:30 PM ET at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The Maroon defeated Grenada, 4-0, in their last match on Saturday. Qatar went into halftime with a 3-0 lead after Abdulaziz Hatem, Akram Afif, and Mohammed Muntari all scoring goals. Almdez Ali scored the final goal in the first minute of the second half. The Maroon opened the tournament with a 3-3 draw with Panama. 

Honduras won their second straight match in the tournament with a 3-2 victory against Panama on Saturday. Romell Quioto gave the Los Catrachos the lead in the 21st minute. The Canal Men evened the score on a penalty kick from Eric Davis 11 minutes later. Cesar Yanis gave Panama a 2-1 lead in the first minute of stoppage time to close out the first half. Alexander Lopez tied the score for Honduras in the 61st minute in the second half before Quioto secured his brace four minutes later in the winning goal. Los Catrachos opened the tournament with a 4-0 win against Grenada.

The winner of this match takes first place in Group D and earns the higher seed in the quarterfinals bracket. Honduras has clinched a spot in the knockout stage. Qatar takes second place in the group with a draw. A loss by the Maroon puts their spot in the knockout stage in jeopardy. The match is a pick ‘em with the total set at 2.5. 

Panama plays Grenada on FS2 at 9:30 PM ET at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. The Canal Men are a -3 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.5.

Los Canaleros can take second place with a victory that either overcomes their -5 net goal differential with Qatar or ties that -5 goal differential while having them surpass the two-goal deficit in the goals scored tiebreaker. The third tie-breaker is the head-to-head result, which resulted in a 3-3 draw between Panama and Qatar. If a Panama win and a Qatar loss have them tied in both goal differential and goals scored, then the fair-play tie-breaker kicks in regarding the lower number of points accrued from issued yellow and red cards. CONCACAF draws lots if the fair-play tie-breaker does not determine a winner.

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