Theodore Whitemore, Jamaica Head Coach was left lamenting after a late goal deprived his team of all three points on Friday night as they went head-to-head with El Salvador. In the second half, Michail Antonio was subbed in. In the 82nd minute, he scored a glorious goal in what was an individual effort. He stunned all of the fans at the Estadio Cuscatlan with his prowess. However, Alex Roldan shook the Reggae Boyz world as they were left mouths agape when he scored for his team El Salvador in the 90th minute. The teams went home with a draw of 1-1.
During a press conference after the match, coach Whitemore expressed his disappointment as his team was not able to bring home all of the three points. He went on to say that it was a great loss to even get one point. The teams now have six points obtained from seven matches. Costa Rica who lost to Canada in a 0-1 loss hold the fifth place in the eight-team table even though they now have a tie of 6 points with the two teams. Jamaica holds the sixth place and El Salvador the seventh due to the difference in goal superiority.
The United States lead as they gave Mexico a thorough beating of 2-0 and went home with 14 points. Mexico stands in 2nd place with 14 points too, followed closely by Canada with 13points. They are the champions in the octagon. Panama, who won against Honduras in a 3-2-win, follow in fourth place with eleven points. Honduras holds the last position; they have not won any match so far.
Earlier on, the teams began the match nervously, careful not to commit any mistakes. Even though they were too careful, the players time and again cheaply gave away the ball. The game gained momentum at the end of the first half. As it approached the half hour, Jamaica’s Leon Bailey tried to score but his effort flew over the cross bar.
El Salvador kept on asserting enough pressure. In the 36th minute of the game, Alexander Larin was close enough to hit the crossbar. Seconds later, Landaverde Brayan scooped the ball with his right foot but he missed narrowly.
El Salvador held possession of the ball for most of the game. Towards the end of the game, Adrian Mariappa received the ball from Lawrence and headed it straight to Mario Gonzalez, El Salvador’s goalkeeper. The Reggae Boyz team coach went on to say that even though they had conceded late in the match, they would still keep going, nothing was impossible moving forward.
In other news, USA and Jamaica will play against each other on 17th November at the National Stadium in Jamaica, Kingston. Honduras will be hosted by Costa Rica and El Salvador with Panama in the other Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers.