Tuesday, July 7, 2009

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2009 Group C: Panama 1-2 Guadeloupe

OAKLAND (California): Guade­loupe, surprise Gold Cup semi-finalists in 2007, showed they may be able to repeat that performance, opening their campaign with a 2-1 win over Panama while Mexico laboured to beat Nicaragua 2-0.

Panama, the current champions of Central America, fell behind in the 33rd minute when Loic Loval slotted home after latching on to a weak chest back to the goalkeeper by defender Armando Gun.

Guadeloupe, which is a French territory and not a member of FIFA and therefore unable to compete in World Cup qualifiers, doubled their advantage two minutes before the break through a brilliant long-range strike from David Fleurival.

Nelson Barahona pulled one back for Panama in the 68th minute and despite some late pressure were unable to get an equaliser.

Guadeloupe coach Roger Salnot believes his team could make another strong run.

“It all comes down to the players showing their talent, showing their qualities,” he said. “We have the talent.”

This report is taken from The Star Online.

Here are the video highlights taken from Free Soccer Highlights.

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