Mexico crush Trinidad; Haiti get first win in U-20 Championship

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (CMC) — Haiti secured their first win of the 2022 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship while Trinidad and Tobago fell 5-0 to Mexico as play in Group F and Group G resumed on Tuesday.

The Soca Warriors fell in the day’s final game in Group F, in which four different players found the back of the net for El Tricolor.

The first chance of the match fell to T&T when Noah Roka got a shot from outside the area that went just wide. There was another chance when Real Gill connected with a ball from close range, but his shot went wide.

It was Antonio Leone who opened the scoring for Mexico in the 28th.

Trinidad’s goalkeeper Jahiem Wickham, who had earlier made a good save, failed to clear the ball off a free kick and it ended up being bobbled in the area until Esteban Lozano lowered it to Leone, who got a left-footed close-range shot into the net to give Mexico a 1-0 lead.

Bryan Gonzalez made it 2-0 at half-time with a goal in the 45+2.

Goals from Lozano in the 48’ and 80’ sandwiched a Jonathan Perez score in the 53’ in another commanding win for Mexico which officially booked their ticket to the Round of 16 of the Championship.

Trinidad and Tobago are now third in the table on one point from two matches. They will play their last group match on Thursday against Suriname.

Mexico will face Haiti on Thursday as they try to win the group, which they only need a tie to achieve.

Earlier in the day, Haiti used a strong second half to put the clamps down on Suriname 3-0.

Suriname started well and had two shots hit the woodwork in the first half, but the second half saw Haiti come into their own and it was 1-0 in the 48’ when Steevenson Jeudy thumped home a header.

A Suriname red card in the 53’ opened things up even more for Haiti and Les Grenadiers took full advantage, with Jeudy scoring his tournament-leading fourth goal in the 59’ and then Adelson Belizaire capping the 3-0 final with a score in the 63’.

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