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Mexico cruises past Jamaica, advances to Gold Cup final

Mexico cruises past Jamaica

Mexico cruised to a 3-0 victory over Jamaica in a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals match in Las Vegas on Wednesday, led by Henry Martin’s goal in the second minute.

Mexico went to the Gold Cup final for the second time in a row as Luis Chavez scored in the 30th minute and Roberto Alvarado sealed the victory in the third minute of second-half stoppage time. In 2021, Mexico was defeated 1-0 by the United States.

Mexico will travel to Inglewood, California, on Sunday to face Panama, which defeated the United States in a penalty kick shootout earlier Wednesday night in the other semifinal.

Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa finished with three saves en route to a clean sheet, while Jamaica’s Andre Blake made two saves.

Jamaica had a chance to get within a goal in the first couple minutes of second-half stoppage time but failed on both occasions. In the 91st minute, with his team behind 2-0, Leon Bailey launched a left-footed drive toward goal that missed the top left corner of the net, and Demarai Gray missed a header a minute later, effectively sealing Jamaica’s destiny.

With his late goal, Alvarado effectively ended any possibility of a comeback.