Minnows Bermuda gain historic berth as CONCACAF Gold Cup slate confirmed

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, ,( CMC) – Minnows Bermuda reached the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time in their history when they came from behind to beat the Dominican Republic, while Haiti and Cuba also confirmed their spot among the 10 qualifiers, on the final night of Nations League qualifying on Sunday.In Santiago De Los Caballeros, Bermuda trounced the hosts 3-1 to finish fifth in the standings on nine points and book their place in the newly-expanded 16-team format of the continental championship from June 15 to July 7 this year.Bermuda suffered an early setback when Enmy Pena scored in the third minute to put the hosts ahead but United States-based winger Zeiko Lewis drew the visitors level 12 minutes later.With scores locked at the half-time whistle, England-based striker Nahki Wells gave Bermuda the lead in the 64th minute before Justin Donawa added the security goal in the 74th.At the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, hosts Haiti edged Cuba 2-1 but both teams still progressed, despite the result.Scottish Premiership striker Duckens Nazon handed the hosts a 26th minute lead which held until the break, before Luis Paradela equalised in the 61st minute.However, Kevin Lafrance got the decisive goal three minutes from the end to snatch the points for Haiti and leave them top of the standings on 12 points.Cuba, meanwhile, finished sixth on nine points.In Vancouver, Lucas Cavallini netted a brace as Canada beat French Guiana 4-1 to finish second on 12 points while Central American nation Nicaragua edged Barbados 1-0 in Bridgetown to end ninth and also secure qualification.Grenada and Bonaire were also in winners row but their points were of academic value.The five teams joined Guyana, Curacao, El Salvador, Jamaica and Martinique who had already qualified over the weekend.Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and United States gained automatic qualification after having participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final qualifying round.last_img read more

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