Dominican Republic, Curacao and Puerto Rico advance to CMU20 Round of 16

Published on 14 November 2021

Dominican Republic’s Edison Azcona celebrates after scoring in the 90’+4 to earn the 2-2 draw that sends them to the 2022 CMU20 on November 13, 2021.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (November 13, 2021)—A dramatic two-goal comeback in the final minutes earned the host nation Dominican Republic a 2-2 draw with Saint Lucia and a spot in next year’s 2022 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship as the CMU20Q came to a close on Saturday. 

With the Dominican Republic on nine points and Saint Lucia on seven points to start the day, Saint Lucia looked set to take Group B, with a 2-0 lead heading into the final minutes thanks to a first half brace from Caull Keegan (28’, 45’).

But the Dominican Republic never threw in the towel, beginning with a goal from Jason Joseph in the 88’ to make it 2-1 and with the buzz and cheer of the home fans in the Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo the hosts equalized through Edison Azcona in the 90’+4 to earn the 2-2 draw that sent them to the 2022 CMU20.

Play in Group B started with Belize topping Anguilla 4-0. Kevin Higinio started things off in the 19’ before Daijon Daniels scored a pair of goals in the 38’ and 61’. An own goal in the 90’+1 then rounded out the scoreline for the Central Americans.

Curacao came out on top of Group A after defeating Grenada 4-2. With both teams level on nine points heading into the encounter, things were wide open, but Curacao would take the lead just before halftime with goals from Rayhim Inesia in the 42’ and Naygiro Sambo in the 45’. Keanu Does made it 3-0 with a goal in the 46’, but Grenada would pull one back through Deanroy Phillip in the 59’.

Curacao regained their three-goal advantage with a second score from Sambo in the 77’, but Grenada never gave up as Keishon Clarke added another goal in the 82’ to make it a 4-2 score line. In the end, Curacao would hang on for the victory and book their place in the 2022 CMU20.

In the day’s first match, the British Virgin Islands closed CMU20Q in very strong fashion with a 1-0 win over Dominica, to finishthird in Group A. Two days after picking up their first three points of the tournament in a 1-0 win versus Sint Maarten, a Jake Forbes shot found the back of the net in the 39’ to earn the British Virgin Islands a second straight victory.

The winner of each group of the Qualifiers will participate in the championship in the round of 16. Curacao, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua earned their spots to the next edition of the Under-20 Championship.

 

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