Mexico survived a brief scare to complete a perfect group-stage campaign at the CONCACAF Gold Cup by beating Martinique 3-2 on Sunday.

Uriel Antuna's first-half goal had Mexico ahead and in control at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

However, they suddenly found themselves staring at a shock draw when Kevin Parsemain scored a wonderful free-kick for Martinique early in the second half.

But Mexico steadied, making it three wins from three in Group A thanks to goals from Raul Jimenez and Fernando Navarro and despite a late header from Jordy Delem for Martinique.

Mexico, who made six changes to the starting XI that overcame Canada, started brightly.

They created their first real chance in the 17th minute, Andres Guardado unable to hit the target at the back post after Jimenez did well to get a cross in from the right side of the area.

But Mexico would open the scoring just before the half-hour mark with Antuna's fourth of the tournament.

Antuna picked up a Guardado pass before running at the Martinique defence, squeezing a left-footed shot through a defender's legs and inside the post.

Jimenez went closest to doubling Mexico's lead in the first half, the striker's spectacular effort from range sensationally tipped onto the crossbar by Martinique goalkeeper Loic Chauvet.

But Martinique incredibly equalised through Parsemain in the 56th minute.

The forward stepped up and curled a wonderful free-kick into the top corner from 20 yards to bring his team level.

However, Mexico responded quickly through Jimenez, who tapped in a Rodolfo Pizarro cross from the left to restore his side's lead.

Guardado almost extended Mexico's advantage in the 65th minute, only for his 25-yard free-kick to hit the crossbar.

Another goal followed through Navarro's first international strike, finishing neatly in a one-on-one after a pass from Jimenez.

Martinique continued to push, however, and pulled a goal back through Delem, who headed in a Daniel Herelle cross, but they were unable to find an equaliser.

 

What does it mean? Mexico's winning run continues

Despite being unexpectedly pushed, Mexico extended their winning streak under Martino to seven matches. They go into the knockout stage with some confidence and eyeing an eighth Gold Cup crown.

Antuna takes his chance

Antuna was only a late addition to the Mexico squad for the tournament, but he has taken his chance. The LA Galaxy attacker was again lively and added to his hat-trick against Cuba.

Martinique making progress

Martinique showed they can be competitive at Gold Cup level. They were thrashed 9-0 by Mexico in 1993 and beaten 3-1 six years ago, but were threatening and even caused something of a scare.

What's next?

Mexico will face the runners-up of Group B – either Costa Rica or Haiti – in a quarter-final on Saturday, while Martinique look ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League later this year.

A pair of headers helped Martinique collect its first win of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup in a 3-0 victory over Cuba in Group A on Wednesday night at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

The two teams had their fair share of chances in the first half, with Cuba’s Arichel Hernandez nearly breaking the deadlock via header in the 30’.

It looked like it would be scoreless heading into halftime, but Martinique’s Joris Marveaux had other ideas and headed in a corner kick in the 45’ for a 1-0 lead to Les Matinino.

Martinique had the momentum and it carried into the second half, as Mickael Biron earned a penalty in the 58’, but Kevin Parsemain was unable to convert the spot kick.

Cuba GK Sandy Sanchez kept his team within a goal with a number of excellent saves, but Martinique would finally find its second when Stephane Abaul thumped in a header off a corner kick in the 70’ for a 2-0 advantage.

Martinique’s football was flowing freely and its day was capped when a slick Parsemain back-heel pass was stroked into net by Kevin Fortune for the 3-0 final.

A brace from Jonathan David helped power Canada past Martinique 4-0 in the opening match of 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Group A on Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

After the two teams traded chances in the first half-hour, Canada broke through when a heavy touch from the Martinique defense allowed David to fire in past Martinique GK Loic Chauvet in the 33’ for the 2019 Gold Cup’s first goal and a 1-0 Canada lead.

Martinique looked to respond and FW Kevin Parsemain had three separate cracks at goal right before halftime, but was denied each time by Canada GK Milan Borjan.

 

Canada looked to wrestle back control and it doubled its lead to 2-0 in the 53’ when Samuel Piette flighted in a pass to David, who calmly stroked home his second goal.

 

The momentum was with Canada and 10 minutes later in the 63’ Junior Hoilett managed to push in a cross from an Alphonso Davies cross for a 3-0 Canada lead. That was then followed by a Scott Arfield strike in the 67’ for a 4-0 advantage.

 

From there, the Canada defense did the rest to secure the clean sheet win and three points.

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup kicks off this Saturday with an interesting battle in Group A between Canada and Martinique at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The two teams arrive into the contest fresh off of a successful 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying campaign in which they both took collected victories in each of their four matches.

Saturday’s clash marks the fourth Gold Cup contest between the two sides, with Martinique taking the three points in their last meeting, a 1-0 win in Group A in the 2013 Gold Cup, also played at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl.

Martinique will be led by dangerman Kevin Parsemain, who took the Gold Cup by storm two years ago in the 2017 edition when he scored three goals in the group stage.

Meanwhile, there is plenty of young talent on the Canadian side, led by Bayern Munich man Alphonso Davies, who served up four assists during CNLQ.

Canada is appearing in its 14thGold Cup, while Martinique will take the field in the Gold Cup for the sixth time in its history.

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