Grenada get on the scoreboard as Gold Cup campaign ends
Published on 21 July 2021
Grenada’s Jacob Agyepong has been a key Forward for Grenada in their attack throughout the Concacaf Gold Cup campaign. (Photo: Concacaf Media)
ORLANDO, Florida (July 20, 2021)—An Alberto Quintero seventh minute strike and a brace from José Luis Rodriguez were enough for Panama to end their Gold cup campaign on a high note, with a 3-1 win over Grenada at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday night.
The accurate passing and slick movements from Panama seemed much for the Spice Boyz to handle in the early stages as Quintero found the opener in the seventh minute of play after a good string of passes around the Grenada box.
Adalberto Carrasquilla found Rodríguez in the space, and he made no mistake.
A chance from a cross to the back post in the 13th minute could have easily been 2-0, but Quintero’s effort was well saved by Grenadian goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook. A minute later, there was a chance for Panama again, but some desperate defending by Grenada would see Abidel Ayarza’s gold-bound effort cleared away.
Cesar Yanis found Rodríguez at the back post in the 27th minute, and the Deportivo Alaves winger gave his team a 2-0 lead. Rodríguez would top the night off in the 64th minute when Edgar Barcenas did well to hold off a defender and played in Rodríguez, who cut inside across his marker to make it 3-0 in favor of Panama.
Substitute Romar Frank gave the Caribbean side a consolation goal and the only goal of their 2021 Gold Cup campaign. Shavorn John-Brown intercepted a ball and sent in Frank with a ball into the box. The former All Saints United midfielder evaded the keeper to hit home from close range.
The match gave Panama their first win and Grenada their first goal in this Gold Cup edition, with both teams saying farewell to the competition.
In the other Group D match, Qatar had the better of Honduras 2-0 to top the group. D. Homam Ahmed gave his team the lead in the 25th minute and an extra time goal from Abdulaziz Hatem in the 94th was enough for the Qataris. They now look ahead to their next encounter, on July 24, in the quarterfinals against El Salvador. Honduras, who also advanced, will face up against defending champions Mexico.