Jamaica and El Salvador played an exciting one-one draw in Alamodone,San-Antonio,Texas, USA in their last group match at the ongoing CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Reggae Boyz came out to play an offensive game from the start of the game to the very end, as opposed to the defensive tactics they employed in their second group match against Mexico.
William Romario almost wrote his name into the record books when he nearly scored in the fifteenth second of the game. A swift Jamaica’s attack resulted in a pass from a Jamaica’s player locating an onrushing Romario inside El Salvador’s penalty box, but his final shot missed the goal post narrowly.
The first ten minutes played out without either side getting the better of the other.
Rodolfo Zeyala was troubling Jamaica’s defense line with his powerful shots and his ability to dribble the ball through tight channels.
Nelson Borilla scored the first goal of the match in the fifteenth minute of the game. A well-laid pass from Ruben Marroquin found Borilla at the tip of Jamaica’s penalty box : he then raced with the ball into the six yard box and curled the ball beyond an onrushing goalkeeper Andre Blake.
The Reggae Boyz had a chance to equalized in the thirty eighth minute when Alves Powell’s low cross found an onrushing William inside the opponent’s penalty box, but is shot ricocheted off the out-stretched knee of goalkeeper Derby Carrilo.
The second half resumed and the Reggae Boyz came powerfully into the game as their opponent appeared to be slowed down by fatigue.
Andre Blake made a superb save from Zelaya’s shot inside the penalty box to prevent the La Selecta from doubling their lead.
Jamaica continued to attack the El -Salvador’s half of the pitch with regularity, and their efforts finally paid off when Narcius Orellana handled a Jamaica’s free kick inside the eighteen yard box – an infraction for which a penalty kick was awarded to Jamaica.
Darren Mattock beat Carillo from the penalty spot to equalize the scores.
With both sides, perhaps, realizing that a point was enough to guarantee them a spot in the quarter final, they took a more cautious approach to the game till the final whistle.
At the end of today’s game, Jamaica had five point from three matches and El Salvador had four points from three matches, which guaranteed both teams quarter – final spots in the competition.