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Mexico Beat Jamaica 3-1 to Lift Seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer Title

Agence France-Presse
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July 27, 2015
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Jamaica vs Mexico Highlights (CONCACAF)

The Mexican football team shook off two controversy-laden triumphs to defeat Jamaica 3-1 in Sunday's Gold Cup final, hoisting a record seventh trophy and shrugging off any notion of a tainted title.

Mexico captain Andres Guardado scored in the 31st minute, Jesus Corona added another in the 47th and Oribe Peralta scored in the 61st as two defensive blunders by Michael Hector doomed Jamaica's championship dream in the biennial North American regional football tournament.

"We're very happy," Mexico manager Miguel Herrera said. "We dominated the ball. We got the rhythm we wanted and controled the play. It's a great satisfaction for all of us."

Jamaica, whose lone goal came from substitute Darren Mattocks in the 79th minute, settled for a runner-up finish after becoming the first Caribbean squad to reach the Gold Cup final, thanks to a 2-1 upset of the United States in the semi-finals. The best prior 'Reggae Boyz' showing was a share of third place in 1993. "For me this is not silver. For me this is gold," Jamaica manager Winfried Schaefer said. "Nobody gave us a shot. This team played all its matches over its head. I'm very proud to coach this team. Jamaica should be very proud."

Guardado, named Golden Ball winner as the tournament's top player, became the first player to score in three Gold Cup finals. Guardado, who has 10 career Gold Cup goals, also scored in a 2007 finals loss to the USA and a 2011 victory over the Americans.

Read the rest at Hindustan Times

Related: Panama Beats USA on Penalty Kicks in Gold Cup Third-Place Match (Sporting News)

Related: U.S.-Mexico Soccer Playoff to be Held at Rose Bowl (Los Angeles Times)

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