Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala play to a draw

Published on 19 July 2021

#13 Reon Moore gave Trinidad & Tobago the early lead in the 12 minute against Guatemala in the Concacaf Gold Cup. (Photo: Concacaf Media) 

FRISCO, Texas (July 18, 2021)—There were high hopes going into the Trinidad and Tobago vs Guatemala game as a win for the Caribbean side could see them advance to the next stage of the 2021 Gold Cup. The thriller at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas produced a 1-1 draw that was enough for pride.

Trinidad and Tobago got off the mark in the 13th minute when Alvin Jones found Reon Moore across the goal, who then tapped the ball into the far post. In the 33rd minute, the Soca Warriors tried to extend their lead with a shot from Andre Fortune, but Kenderson Navarro, the Guatemalan keeper, clinched on to the ball for a save.

The first half concluded with the Trinbagonians leading 1-0.

On the resumption of second half, Guatemala came out running, which found Trinidad and Tobago chasing. Rudy Barrientos tried to equalize in the 60th minute with a long-range shot, but Trinidad and Tobago’s custodian Marvin Phillip pushed the ball wide for a corner.

Another opportunity came for Guatemala in the 70th minute from a Stheven Robles strike but it was deflected and went wide of the goal.

Guatemala equalized and dampened Trinidad and Tobago’s hope in the 77th minute when Gerardo Gordillo headed the ball in the back of the net from a well-whipped corner kick.  The men outfitted in blue had a chance to extend the lead in the 84th minute when Martinez shot on goal was stopped by Phillip.

The Soca Warriors also had an opportunity to take the lead in the 86th minute but a free kick hit the cross bar.

The game, one for pride, ended 1-1 with neither team advancing to the quarterfinals.

The Caribbean community had an extra injection of pride, with three match officials on the pitch. Jamaica’s Oshane Nation was the referee, assisted by his compatriot, Nicholas Anderson as assistant referee one and Antigua and Barbuda’s Iroots Appleton as the second assistant. Pierre-luc Lauziere from Canada was the fourth official, with David Gantar, Canada on VAR and Benjamin Pineda, Costa Rica, AVAR.

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