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El Salvador coach confident of beating Jamaica in final qualifier

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — Despite a shock defeat to Bermuda last weekend, El Salvador coach Carlos de los Cobos remains optimistic about his side's chances of clinching a place in next year's Concacaf Gold Cup, and is now plotting a takedown of Jamaica's Reggae Boyz in their final Nations League qualifier at home in March next year.

The coach was left ruing missed chances against the gutsy Bermudians in the 1-0 defeat in Hamilton, but said he was now focused on getting his side ready to take on regional powerhouses Jamaica who are back-to-back Gold Cup finalists.

“We need to win at home against Jamaica,” De los Cobos said. “It's a very difficult game, but I have confidence in my team.”

Friday's defeat — following a 2-1 victory away to Montserrat and a 3-0 home win against Barbados — has left El Salvador level on six points with Bermuda, who started with a 3-1 defeat away to Aruba before thrashing Sint Maarten 12-0 here.

The top 10 sides in the Nation League qualifiers will advance to the expanded 2019 Gold Cup.

At 70th, El Salvador were ranked 110 places ahead of Bermuda going into Friday night's game at the National Stadium, but were sunk by a second-half goal by UK-based striker Nahki Wells, who ended his three-year exile from international duty to seal all three points.

Jamaica are ranked 53rd by Fifa and currently lie fifth in the Nations League standings, after winning all three of their matches so far.

De los Cobos said he prepared for Friday's qualifier by analysing Bermuda's previous outings against Aruba and Sint Maarten, and said he knew they carried an attacking threat. He was, however, surprised by Bermuda's fighting spirit and defensive resilience during their 1-0 win.

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