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Mexico blank Guadeloupe 2-0 in quarters
GLENDALE, Ariz., Jul 13 (AP):
Published on 14 Jul. 2009 12:36 AM IST
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Banished to a suite in the grandstand, suspended Mexico coach Javier Aguirre liked what he saw in a 2-0 victory over Guadeloupe Sunday afternoon in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Gerardo Torrado and Miguel Sabah each scored as El Tri won Group C with two victories and a draw. Mexico will face Haiti in the quarterfinals on July 19 in Arlington, Texas. Guadeloupe, the second-place Group C finisher, will take on Costa Rica on July 19, also in Arlington. In the 41st minute, Torrado gathered in a feed from Efrain Juarez near the top of the penalty area, then drilled a right-footed shot past diving goalkeeper Yohan Bus and inside the left post. It was Torrado’s second goal and Juarez’ second assist of the tournament. Guadeloupe’s chances all but died when two players were sent off late. Alain Vertot drew his second yellow card for pulling down a Mexican attacker, and Ludovic Gotin got a straight red on a dangerous tackle. With Guadeloupe down to nine men, Sabah headed home the clincher on a pass from Pablo Barrera in the 85th minute. “We keep working hard, and now we are more confident, more relaxed and that helps us a lot,” Torrado said. Guadeloupe also played without four injured players and another who was suspended. “We found ourselves chasing the game in the first half,” Guadeloupe coach Roger Salnot said through an interpreter. “In the second half, we started to play a little more, but we couldn’t turn the game around. Mexico was a superior team.” With green-clad El Tri fans dominating the crowd of 23,876 in air-conditioned University of Phoenix Stadium, Mexico didn’t skip a beat without Aguirre. Aguirre began a three-match suspension for starting a melee during a match against Panama on Thursday night in Houston, putting him in danger of missing a World Cup qualifier against the United States. The Mexican Football Federation was also fined $25,000 for what the CONCACAF disciplinary committee considered “serious irresponsible behavior” by the national coaching staff. He’s eligible to return for the final on July 26 if Mexico qualifies. Aguirre watched from a suite high above the field while Mario Carrillo directed Mexico from the bench. Mexico has won four Gold Cups, the last in 2003, but it is facing mounting pressure at home to restore its prominence internationally. The Mexicans lost to the United States in the 2007 Gold Cup final.

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