Jamaica's U-20 World Cup dream ends; beaten by Dom Rep
Dominican Republic's team members celebrate after winning the Concacaf U-20 World Cup quarterfinal football match against Jamaica at the Olimpico Metropolitano stadium in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on June 29, 2022. (Photo by Orlando SIERRA / AFP)

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras —Jamaica’s dreams of qualifying for next year’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia died on Wednesday at the Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, after they were beaten 1-0 by a giant killing Dominican Republic team in their quarterfinal game of the CONCACAF championships.

A place in the semi-finals would have guaranteed the young ReggaeBoyz a spot in the World Cup but it was not to be as the Dominican Republic team earned their first ever spot in a FIFA World Cup competition.

The Dom Rep team had also scored upset wins over Haiti and El Salvador on their way to the semi-finals where they will play the winner of the game between Mexico and Guatemala set for later Wednesday.

Angel Enmanuel Montes de Oca Genoa’s first half goal held up as the Jamaicans failed to break down a well organised defense, ending their run in the championships.

Dom Rep joins Honduras and the United States as the qualifiers from CONCACAF in the Under-20 World Cup.

Paul A Reid

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