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Sep 7, 2011

Belize/Guatemala Football redux

On Tuesday evening, the nation held its collective breath as Belize took on the Guatemalan national football team. The local boys donned the national colors and stepped up their game in the second half scoring their only goal in the game. The game gives Guatemala six points in Group E with Belize trailing behind with three points. Grenada and St Vincent both have zero points. Deon McCauley is the top scorer with three goals for Group E. News Five’s Andrea Polanco has a recap of the Tuesday night’s game at the F.F.B. stadium.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Tuesday’s Belize/Guatemala match, one of the biggest of its kind to be played in Belize, is about the road to Brazil World Cup 2014. While it drew many Belizean spectators with flags and vuvuzelas, the competition proved to be too much for our boys after the Guatemalans scored in the first five minutes of the game and remained in control for the first forty-five minutes.

Shane Orio, Goal Keeper, Belize National Team

Shane Orio

“That’s the difference James between playing with a national team that hundred percent of their guys are professional. Mistakes like that you can’t make especially in the first five, four minutes because they will hurt you. They hurt us on the first five minutes and again, but it’s difficult to analyze just that five minutes.”

Belize dominated the second half of the game. And though the Guatemalans were able to score another second goal, a shot from Deon McCauley in to the Guatemalan net gave hope to the Belize Team; but it wasn’t enough to convert the dominance into a win. But Team Captain Shane Orio says they remain positive although they hoped for a win.

Shane Orio

“It depends on how you gonna watch the game. It’s a two-one loss for Belize but am gonna go home with a sensation that it could’ve been a two-two game, that’s the sensation. Right now it’s just stay positive. Yes it’s a loss, it’s not the end of the world; none of us didn’t do anything illegal here. We came out; we gave our all so right now it’s just to think about the positive things that the team did James. We have the mentality that everything that goes to the goal, it’s goal keeper’s responsibility even if it’s a penalty.  We have two goals against and independently who made the mistake, it’s that’s my responsibility to stop the goal. The most important thing, I would rather give up all those good performance for a win.”

Jose De La Paz Herrera

The loss is not a defeat for the 2 part series. Belize’s coach Jose De La Paz Herrera says that our boys played hard.

Jose De La Paz Herrera, Coach, Belize National Team

“We have to congratulate them for the effort, the heart they put in all in the second half. The level of Guatemala is technically superior to Belize’s. Technically they have more skilled players and that is what the world of football is all about, the skills. They made up with heart, courage, pride and with that we dominated in the second half. We will not have fear, we will have confidence and we will work more and harder for that. We will work to fix the errors. Don’t forget that we didn’t have a game to prepare as Guatemala did as a team in the Gold Cup.”

James Adderley, Sports Reporter

“What happens when we go to Guatemala?”

Shane Orio

“Before we go to Guatemala we need to play against Grenada. So the most important thing is to get prepared and get ready for the Grenada game and hopefully we will be able to win here at home. Hopefully the people will come out and cheer for us and hopefully more Belizeans would come out because it will be Friday evening and then we will think about the Guatemala game in Guatemala.”

Reporting for News Five Andrea Polanco.

Belize plays Grenada on October seventh at the F.F.B. stadium. The F.F.B. today appealed to fans to also come out in numbers to support the team.

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3 Responses for “Belize/Guatemala Football redux”

  1. myself says:

    Good going there belizean boys.
    You did a great job next time we will win them. go belize

  2. dffg says:

    from the firs half they should put danny jimenez , and the game would be different

  3. Sylverio says:

    very good game Guatemala had it tough the fans play an important role for the players and as Belizean let us support for a good cause We need to score more goals to Granada and win at Guatemala City we can win let us do it boys yes we can!!!!

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