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Jul 16, 2013

Belize 0 and Cuba advances with 4 goals

It was as though everything came to a standstill this afternoon around the country, when the Belize Jaguars took on Cuba, to watch Belize’s last opportunity to advance to the second round of the Gold Cup 2013.  Anticipation for game three of Belize’s debut in the Gold Cup was best described as nervous, as either team needed a victory with a minimum of four goals. But the Belize Jaguars are now heading back home from Hartford, Connecticut. The Jaguars went into the game hopeful, but the Cuban team played aggressively and offensively, ending Belize’s prospects in the Gold Cup 2013.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano followed the game and has the following report.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A distant dream for the Jaguars to advance to the quarter finals of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament faded away with every passing minute of play, following a two-nil lead in the second half of the Belize/Cuba game this afternoon.  From the onset the benchmark for qualification in this do or die match was set very high with either team needing at least four points to move ahead to the second round.  [00:39:12] In the sixth minute of regular play, Cuban striker Ariel Martinez attempts a long range assault in the wake of a free kick opportunity which goleador Woodrow West successfully warded off.  That effort sees the football flying wide above its target, but not for too long as another attempt [1:15:41] from Martinez at the thirty-eight minute of play would prove successful, putting Cuba on the scoreboard by one point.  Moments later, Belize would have an opportunity for an equalizer but Christopher Gilharry, who replaced Elroy Kuylen on the team, squanders a perfect play within the eighteen.  At the half, Belize is down one to nothing.  The remaining forty-five minutes of the game would look even more dismal for the Jaguars as Ariel Martinez would score goal number two at the sixty-second minute.  Less than twenty-three minutes later, Belize’s Ian Gaynair would be red-carded and that call would allow Cuba to extend its lead by three as a peerless Martinez would complete a hat trick against the Jaguars in Hartford, Connecticut.  At this juncture, with less than six minutes remaining in regulation time, Cuba needs a final goal in order to qualify for the quarter finals in the Group C competition.  While Woodrow West must be commended for his valiant attempts at stopping the ball, Cuba’s Yoandir Puga beats the offside trap, skirts West and deposits the ball into the empty net.  A late offside call would deny that goal.  At this point, Belize’s hope has vanished.  Cuba, on the other hand, would later prove competent by pulling off the impossible.  In stoppage time Jeniel Martinez would lead Cuba to certain victory and secure a berth in the quarter finals with this vicious footer that screams past Woodrow West.  Cuba has progressed at the expense of Martinique.  Unfortunately, the Jaguars, despite an admirable show of bravery and composure, were swept in their first international outing. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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9 Responses for “Belize 0 and Cuba advances with 4 goals”

  1. Louisville,Ky says:

    First off I want to congratulate Team Belize for even qualifying for the Gold Cup tournament. Making it there was an accomplishment that was unprecedented. Nuff respect.
    Let me now turn my attention to the Coach and be critical. It was painfully obvious that our Jaguars lacked the skill sets AND size to respectfully compete with the other teams.
    In contact sports what you lack in size and natural ability, you must compensate for in tactic. Given that the other teams were full of professional players with much more experience, Ian Mork should have prepared our boys accordingly.
    Going into the tournament the Coaches raved about the team’s defense. What defense? Darn good Goalkeepers yes, team defense, virtually non-existent.
    Why have your back line try to defend the Longdon Donovans of this tournament one on one? Any Coach worth his salt should know that on defense, you double team so as to disrupt and force the opponent to give up or pass off the ball.
    It was painful as it was inevitable, as I watched time after time as the Cuban Strikers had their way with single coverage, scoring almost at will, to the embarrassment of the entire nation.
    I will not be redundant and comment on the support or lack thereof from the Politicians and Rich people of this Nation. Suffice to say though, that if you, the Rich and the Politicians, did not see the way Team Jaguar have been able to galvanize and bring this Country together, then I honestly don’t know what will.
    Get off ah di money Missa Man, an support our youths as the ripple effects will be positive!

  2. da undertaker says:

    Perhaps now we will realize that our footballers cannot train for three weeks and expect to excel on the world stage. Football is serious business, but we are not.

  3. Nelson says:

    Still very proud of them…

  4. Frig says:

    What type of coach did the FFB get for Belize. Nobody plays with a set up of 3-5-2 on the field. This was a must win so we needed more people to attack the Cuban goal. Where did they find Salazar, he was useless to us. Then you have #23 Pandy, he is even worst. We had a lot of good players on bench. They should have fired Ian Mork from the first game.

  5. Belizean Pride says:

    kudos to the players but disappointing with the coach who keeps changing the players just like Mexico and the losing streak keeps going.
    The costa rican ex coach did a better job and this guy I feel he did so to screw up the team something isn’t right from the beginning.
    I fee like he sold us out so others can go to the next rounds. Those he ever has any background of coaching some kind of 2nd division or 1st division football teams in the U.S?
    as THE EX COACH SAID HE DIDN’T FELT THAT THIS GUY WAS GOING TO CARRY OUR JAGUARS TO WIN. NOW I BELIEVE IT. CAN’T BLAME MUCH THE PLAYERS BUT THE COACH.

  6. Firebrand says:

    I understood that maybe the game with the U.S could have been “stage fright”, although there was a lot of standing around and weak tackles along with poor coaching. The game against Costa Rica was more like what I expected. But with the constant line up change like little league baseball where everyone has to play, was a joke. The effort was quite sickening and downright embarrassing! I was ashamed of that team’s effort and preparation. #3, 23, 16, 11, and 5 need to work harder to be on that level. Coach, go gain experience or loyalty!

  7. M Barry says:

    That was an old fashioned sell-out by the Jags.

  8. corozaleno says:

    I’m reading these comments and I can clearly see ,that a lot of you are clueless about football. The limitations of the Belize players both physically ,and technically was exposed in this tournament. I don’t care what coach you bring in ,he has to have the material to work with. He can try different tactics ,but the players must have the ability to execute it.At this level the players should have had develop good basic technical skills with the ball ,which was clearly lacking in the Belize players. It’s something that should have been thought from a really young age. Most professional players have been going through football academies from a young age contrary to the Belizean players. Watch the style and grace with which the pro teams players handle the ball ,and the pace they play at.These guys did the best they could for being amateurs ,and we should be realistic about that. If there is to be higher expectations of Belize football ,then start invest into youth programs ,and with good planning we will be better prepared to compete at this level. Of course that cost money ,and that’s another story with all the shady people who run football in Belize. With all the donations from outside sources you would think we would have been more advance by now. There are small countries in the world just like Belize doing a lot better than us, so that is not an excuse either.

  9. pete says:

    I’m reading these comments and I can clearly see ,that a lot of you are clueless about football. The limitations of the Belize players both physically ,and technically was exposed in this tournament. I don’t care what coach you bring in ,he has to have the material to work with. He can try different tactics ,but the players must have the ability to execute it.At this level the players should have had develop good basic technical skills with the ball ,which was clearly lacking in the Belize players. It’s something that should have been thought from a really young age. Most professional players have been going through football academies from a young age contrary to the Belizean players. Watch the style and grace with which the pro teams players handle the ball ,and the pace they play at.These guys did the best they could for being amateurs ,and we should be realistic about that. If there is to be higher expectations of Belize football ,then start invest into youth programs ,and with good planning we will be better prepared to compete at this level. Of course that cost money ,and that’s another story with all the shady people who run football in Belize. With all the donations from outside sources you would think we would have been more advance by now. There are small countries in the world just like Belize doing a lot better than us, so that is not an excuse either.

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