Cuba defied the odds and booked a berth in the Gold Cup quarter-finals against United States with a 1-0 win over Guatemala in their final game of group stage. While, Yohance Marshall scored in the final seconds of injury time as Trinidad and Tobago rallied from a pair of second-half deficits to earn a 4-4 draw with Mexico in one of the wildest matches in tournament history.

Mexico’s Gold Cup quest got off to an emphatic start with a crushing 6-0 demolition of short-handed Cuba in their opening game on Thursday at Soldier Field. . Cuba came into the contest in disarray after learning that forward Keiler Garcia was missing from the lineup, apparently after having defected, news reports said. The US media also reported that six players and head coach Raul Gonzalez were unable to make it to Chicago in time for the match because of visa problems. That left Cuba with just 16 players to face powerhouse Mexico, who have won the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament six times. In the other Group C game Thursday, Trinidad & Tobago also got off to a flying start with a 3-1 victory over Guatemala in Chicago. Oribe Peralta scored a hat trick while Giovani dos Santos, Andres Guardado and Carlos Vela scored a goal each in the rout for El Tri, who finished with 18 shots on goal […]