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THE 11th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup was held in the United States of America from 5-25 June 2011. This was the 21st overall championships in the North and Central American and Caribbean confederation, which was also celebrating its Golden anniversary.

The 12 teams taking part in the competition where: hosts America, reigning champions Mexico and fellow automatic qualifier Canada, who are the only other nation to have won a Gold Cup besides Mexico and America.

Jamaica, non-FIFA member Guadeloupe, Cuba and Grenada qualified by finishing in the top four in the 2010 Caribbean Championship; while: Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and Guatemala qualified courtesy of finishing in the top five of the 2011 Copa Centroamericana.

The tournament kicked-off with Group A games Costa Rica vs. Cuba and Mexico vs. El Salvador. Both matches were played in Cowboys Stadium, Arlington (Texas) and were both won 5-0 by Costa Rica and Mexico respectively. Man Utd’s Javier Hernández scored a second-half Hat-Trick for Mexico, who were soon involved in a drugs scandal.

Five Mexico squad members had tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol prior to the start of the tournament and were suspended. The Mexican FA said that the players had eaten contaminated meat but accepted the suspensions. CONCACAF allowed Mexico to replace the players, who’s ‘B’ samples all came back negative.

Mexico didn’t let their off-field problems affect them on the pitch and duly beat Cuba 5-0 and Costa Rica 4-1 to win the group with nine points and 14 goals to their name. Costa Rica just went though as group runners-up ahead of El Salvador on goal difference. El Salvador now had to wait to see if they were one of the two best third-placed teams. Cuba crashed out with a 1-6 defeat by El Salvador, having let in 16 goals and only scored one in their three defeats.

Group B was won by Jamaica who scored seven goals without reply in their three matches which all ended in victory for the Reggae Boyz. Last year’s World Cup participants Honduras finished second in the group on the same amount of points (four) as third placed Guatemala. Grenada proved to be the whipping boys of the group, only scoring once and conceding 15 times as they also lost all three games. They were smashed 1-7 by Honduras in their second game after going 1-0 up.

Hosts America opened with a 2-0 victory over northern neighbours Canada after Panama edged Guadeloupe 3-2 in the opening round of Group C games. The United States were stunned by Panama who beat them 1-2 in their second match, but beat Guadeloupe 1-0 in their last group game to advance in second place behind Panama. Canada were beating Panama 1-0 in their last game and this would have seen Canada into the Quarter-Finals as one of the two best third-placed teams. But Panama equalised in the first minute of stoppage-time through Luis Tejada to knock Canada out.

Guatemala, El Salvador and Canada all finished third in their groups with four points. But Guatemala had a goal difference of +2, El Salvador’s goal difference was zero, whereas Canada’s was -1.

This meant the Quarter-Final line up looked like this: Costa Rica vs. Honduras, Mexico vs. Guatemala, Jamaica vs. U.S.A. and Panama vs. El Salvador.

Costa Rica and Honduras played out a 1-1 draw after extra-time in the first knock-out match. Honduras held their nerve and won the penalty-shoot out 4-2, scoring all of their spot-kicks.

Mexico went behind early against Guatemala thanks to a Carlos Ruiz goal five minutes in. They held on until just after half-time when Aldo de Nigris equalised for the defending champions. Mexico’s winner came from Javier Hernández in the 66th minute.

The United States beat Jamaica 2-0 win in Washington D.C. to book their place in the last four.

Panama again left it late to equalise in their match against El Salvador, who had taken the lead from the penalty spot with only 12 minutes to go. But Tejada scored in the last minute to take the match into extra-time, in which there were no more goals. Dennis Alas missed El Salvador’s first penalty in the shoot-out. This proved to be the only miss of the shoot-out that was won by Panama 5-3. That man Tejada scoring the winner.

The Semi-Finals would see America taking on Panama (who had beaten America in their group match remember) while Honduras had to face Mexico.

Fulham’s Clint Dempsey scored America’s winner against Panama in the 76th minute of their Semi, while Mexico were taken to extra-time by Honduras before de Nigris and Hernández scored in the 93rd and 99th minute respectively to see Mexico into the Final with a 2-0 win.

The Final would see the two highest ranked CONCACAF teams – America and Mexico – taking part in the championship deciding match for the third straight tournament. America won the 2007 Final (2-1) while Mexico won the last Final in 2009 (5-0). This was the fifth time the two would meet in the Final, with Mexico 3-1 up in the head-to-head battle. This would also be America’s eighth Gold Cup Final while this was Mexico’s seventh.

America raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a an eighth minute header by Aston Villa load signing Michael Bradley (son of the head coach Bob) and a 23rd minute goal by all-time leading U.S. goal scorer Landon Donovan. The crowd of 93,420 inside the Rose Bowl, Pasadena (California) could sense a U.S. victory.

But Mexico had other ideas.

Pablo Barrera got one back for Mexico just before the half-hour. Andrés Guardado equalised on 36 minutes and Barrera scored his second and Mexico’s third five minutes after half-time to give Mexico a 3-2 lead! Mexico’s fourth came after a stunning piece of skill from 22-year-old Giovani dos Santos with 14 minutes left. He dribbled inside the box against five U.S. defenders (including the goalkeeper) before chipping the ball into the top-left corner of the goal over the head of Eric Lichaj. This was later named goal of the tournament, and was the last goal of the tournament as well, as Mexico won the Final 4-2.

 

So, Mexico are champions of the North and Central America and Caribbean zone for the ninth time. This was their sixth Gold Cup and second consecutive title. They won all six of their matches, scored 22 goals and conceded just four (half of these in the Final itself).

Mexico have now moved up 19 places to ninth in the FIFA World Rankings.

The tournaments’ 25 matches saw 80 goals scored at an average of 3.2 per match. The total attendance was 1,125,120, an average gate of 45,005 per match.

Mexico’s Javier Hernández ‘The Little Pea‘ finished as top goal scorer with seven goals to his name, and was also named player of the tournament.

The Little Pea.

Honduras’s goalkeeper Noel Valladares was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Mexico also collected the Fair Play Award for receiving the least amount of cards.

Mexico have now qualified for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil as the CONCACAF representative. They join hosts Brazil, World (and current European champions) Spain and Asian champions Japan.

El Tricolor will now travel to Argentina to take part in the Copa América as one of two invitee teams (the other being Costa Rica). Could Mexico become champions of all the Americas? We’ll find out by 24 July.

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Portugal

0

vs.

0

Brazil

MotM = CRISTIANO RONALDO (POR)

Group G

Ref = Benito ARCHUNDIA (MEX)

Durban

 

 

 

North Korea

0

vs.

3

Côte d’Ivoire

MotM = Didier DROGBA (CDI)

Yaya TOURÉ 14’

ROMARIC 20’

Salomon KALOU 82’

Group G

Ref = Alberto UNDIANO (ESP)

Nelspruit

 

Group G

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Brazil

3

2

1

0

5

2

+3

7

2

Portugal

3

1

2

0

7

0

+7

5

3

Côte d’Ivoire

3

1

1

1

4

3

+1

4

4

North Korea

3

0

0

3

1

12

-11

0

BRAZIL and Portugal fly through the group of death, and remarkably in the order I’d said they would finish.

Brazil haven’t played the samba football we’ve seen in past years, but all the time they are getting the results nobody in Brazil should moan.

Portugal look rock solid in defence, but they need to score more. All there seven goals came against North Korea. Teams like North Korea aren’t in the last 16, and goals must be scored.

Côte d’Ivoire must think that their luck just isn’t in when they are at World Cups. In 2006 they were drawn with Argentina and the Netherlands. So with Brazil and Portugal in 2010 they have gone out at the group stage and been denied to show the world how good they are in the latter stages.

When North Korea played against Brazil the most of the world (including me) was behind them. They had a real go at the five-time champions and when they scored it felt like I was cheering for England. But their game against Portugal was a case of men against boys and they got blown off the pitch. I hope they are back in four years time.

Zakumi: “I just hope they aren’t punished for not winning.”

P92: “You and I both pal.”

 

 

Chile

1

vs.

2

Spain

Rodrigo MILLAR 47’

MotM = Andrés INIESTA (ESP)

David VILLA 24’

Andrés INIESTA 37’

Group H

Ref = Marco RODRÍGUEZ (MEX)

Tshwane / Pretoria

 

 

 

Switzerland

0

vs.

0

Honduras

MotM = Noel VALLADARES (HON)

Group H

Ref = Héctor BALDASSI (ARG)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

 

Group H

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Spain

3

2

0

1

4

2

+2

6

2

Chile

3

2

0

1

3

2

+1

6

3

Switzerland

3

1

1

1

1

1

0

4

4

Honduras

3

0

1

2

0

3

-3

1

NO surprises in the final order of the teams in this group.

 But this group did throw up a few shocks, most notably Switzerland beating Spain 1-0 in their opening game. Spain are another team that just have not got into their stride yet. If they want to add the World Cup to their Euro 2008 title they need to play better.

Chile have shown themselves to be a strong side, but their lack of discipline in this group could come back to haunt them.

Switzerland and Honduras never really looked like advancing, but Switzerland can take great pride with the fact that they beat Spain.

Zakumi: “Well that’s it for the group stage.”

P92: “The real World Cup starts now.”

 

 

Slovakia

3

vs.

2

Italy

Róbert VITTEK 25’ 73’

Kamil KOPÚNEK 89’

MotM = Róbert VITTEK (SLK)

Antonio DI NATALE 81’

Fabio QUAGLIARELLA 90+2’

Group F

Ref = Howard WEBB (ENG)

Johannesburg – JEP

 

 

 

Paraguay

0

vs.

0

New Zealand

MotM = Roque SANTA CRUZ (PAR)

Group F

Ref = Yuichi NISHIMURA (JAP)

Polokwane

 

Group F

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Paraguay

3

1

2

0

3

1

+2

5

2

Slovakia

3

1

1

1

4

5

-1

4

3

New Zealand

3

0

3

0

2

2

0

3

4

Italy

3

0

2

1

4

5

-1

2

ITALY – the defending World Champions – are sent crashing out of the tournament, finishing bottom of a group I thought they would win with ease. But they played so poorly that they didn’t really deserve to have the title of reigning champions. The 2010 Italy team have become the fourth team in history to be eliminated in the group stage as World Champions. The others are: the 1950 Italy team, the 1966 Brazil team and the 2002 France team. It is also the first time that both of the previous finalists – in this case Italy and France – have been knocked out in the groups. The fact that both of these two finished bottom of their groups shows just how much has changed in four years. In France’s case their manner, in Italy’s case the age of their players.

New Zealand can go home with their heads’ held high. They stayed undefeated in the group, scored two goals and led Italy in their South African adventure. They’ve shown that at times they can play football just as well as they can play Rugby and Cricket.

I thought Paraguay would advance, but not as group winners, and that Slovakia would come third. But yet again I was wrong and we have yet another unexpected team in the last 16. Slovakia played brilliantly against Italy in their 3-2 over them, and if I were the winner of Group E I wouldn’t be expecting and easy match.

Zakumi: “Neither would I. France and Italy out as well as finishing bottom of their groups! LOL!”

P92: “Epic fail!”

 

 

Denmark

1

vs.

3

Japan

Jon Dahl TOMASSON 81’

MotM = Keisuke HONDA (JAP)

Keisuke HONDA 17’

Yasuhito ENDŌ 30’

Shinji OKAZAKI 87’

Group E

Ref = Jerome DAMON (RSA)

Rustenburg

 

 

 

 

Cameroon

1

vs.

2

Netherlands

Samuel ETO’O 65P’

MotM = Robin VAN PERSIE (NED)

Robin VAN PERSIE 36’

Klaas-Jan HUNTELAAR 83’

Group E

Ref = Pablo POZO (CHI)

Cape Town

 

Group E

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Netherlands

3

3

0

0

5

1

+4

9

2

Japan

3

2

0

1

4

2

+2

6

3

Denmark

3

1

0

2

3

6

-3

3

4

Cameroon

3

0

0

3

2

5

-3

0

NO surprise to see the Dutch topping this group with ease (no disrespect to the other teams).

I was however surprised to see Japan making it into the last 16 for the first time on foreign soil. They played wonderfully against Denmark after they lucked a win against Cameroon.

Denmark looked like a good side at times. But they were totally outplayed by Japan and if they had have gotten into the last 16; I don’t think that they would have won.

Cameroon were just another team that didn’t turn up, which is a shame because that means yet another African team has fallen in round one.

Zakumi: “Japan have proved they are deadly at free kicks, so watch out Paraguay when you play them on Tuesday.”

P92: “If they play like they did against Denmark they could give the established order a real headache.”

Zakumi: “What’s ‘established order’ at this World Cup?

P92: “Touché.”

Today’s games are:

  • Portugal vs. Brazil (The game I’ve most been looking forward to), BBC 1 15:00
  • North Korea vs. Côte d’Ivoire, BBC 3 15:00
  • Chile vs. Spain, ITV 1 or 4 19:30
  • Switzerland vs. Honduras, ITV 1 or 4 19:30
 

 

Portugal

7

vs.

0

North Korea

RAÚL MEIRELES 29’

SIMÃO 53’

HUGO ALMEIDA 56’

TIAGO 60’ 89’

LIÉDSON 81’

CRISTIANO RONALDO 87’

MotM = CRISTIANO RONALDO (POR)

Group G

Ref = Pablo POZO (CHI)

Cape Town

THE first 20 minutes or so of this game could have seen either team score a couple of goals each. Portugal came closest in these opening exchanges in a soaking wet Cape Town. After the European team did score the North Korean players started to fade away, but to their credit they played on with great heart and kept themselves 0-1 down at half-time. But Portugal smashed six goals past them in a second half which they utterly dominated. Portugal are now almost certain to qualify along with Brazil for the last 16, whereas North Korea are unceremoniously dumped out of the World Cup.

Zakumi: “What a second half. I can’t wait for Portugal vs. Brazil later this week.”

P92: “That’s been the game I’ve been waiting for ever since the draw was made.”

 

 

Chile

1

vs.

0

Switzerland

Mark GONZÁLEZ 75’

MotM = Mark GONZÁLEZ (CHI)

Group H

Ref = Khalil AL GHAMDI (KSA)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

A MATCH that will be remembered more for its cards than goals unfortunately. The referee seemed to like the colour yellow, as he booked nine players during the match which he never really let off the leash. Unsurprisingly to me, a red card was also shown during the game. Valon Behrami (Switzerland) caught Chile’s Jean Beausejour and Arturo Vidal in the face when they tried to tackle him from behind. Vidal went down like he had been hit with a brick in yet another show of poor sportsmanship in this World Cup. My Dad and I can’t be the only ones finding this entire fake face holding malarkey pathetic and childish can we?   

Zakumi: “Switzerland broke a record in this match. Before Chile scored Switzerland had gone 558 minutes without conceding a goal in a World Cup finals match.”

P92: “They beat Italy’s mark by eight minutes.”

Zakumi: “Don’t steal my moment.”

P92: “Oh, sorry.”

 

 

Spain

2

vs.

0

Honduras

David VILLA 17’ 51’

MotM = David VILLA (ESP)

Group H

Ref = Yuichi NISHIMURA (JAP)

Johannesburg – JEP

SPAIN knew that if they lost they would go out. But the reigning European Champions showed the world some wonderful football as they somewhat eased passed Honduras. David Villa scored Spain’s two goals on the night, and could have scored a hat-trick were it not for him missing a penalty. Spain should have won by several goals, but misses and off the line clearances prevented Honduras’s night paralleling North Korea’s afternoon.  

Zakumi: “We are now exactly halfway through the 2010 World Cup.”

P92: “And let’s hope that it continues to excite and shock us. Except for when England play.”

Tomorrow’s games are:

  • France vs. South Africa, ITV 1 or 4 15:00
  • Mexico vs. Uruguay, ITV 1 or 4 15:00
  • Greece vs. Argentina, BBC 1 19:30
  • Nigeria vs. South Korea, BBC 3 19:30
 

 

Slovakia

0

vs.

2

Paraguay

MotM = Enrique VERA (PAR)

Enrique VERA 27’

Cristian RIVEROS 86’

Group F

Ref = Eddy MAILLET (SEY)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

PARAGUAY thoroughly deserved their 2-0 victory, along with almost certain qualification to the last 16. Slovakia on the other hand never looked like scoring, and now must beat defending champions Italy to have any hope of advancing to the knock-out stage.

Zakumi: “Yet another strong performance by a South American team there.”

P92: “It saddens me to say this but it really does look like the trophy is going to the southern hemisphere again.”

 

 

Italy

1

vs.

1

New Zealand

Vincenzo IAQUINTA 29P’

MotM = Daniele DE ROSSI (ITA)

Shane SMELTZ 7’

Group F

Ref = Carlos BATRES (GUA)

Nelspruit

IF you thought New Zealand drawing against Slovakia was a big shock, well take a look at this! The All Whites drew against and led the reigning World Champions Italy. Smeltz’s early goal looked offside, and it wasn’t clear to me looking at the replays if the ball hit an Italian defender or not. But the goal stood. Italy went on the attack for the rest of the game and hit the post soon after they went behind. They did try to get Rory Fallon sent off midway through the first half and their penalty was not a penalty in my eyes, so one iffy goal each evened it up. New Zealand had the world on edge late in the second half when they almost won the game, but the remarkable thing is, is that after two games each in this group New Zealand can still go through and Italy can still go out.  

Zakumi: “Yet another shock! What is going wrong with the big European teams?”

P92: “If I knew that I’d tell you.”

 

 

Brazil

3

vs.

1

Côte d’Ivoire

LUÍS FABIANO 25’ 50’

ELANO 62’

MotM = LUÍS FABIANO (BRA)

Didier DROGBA 79’

Group G

Ref = Stéphane LANNOY (FRA)

Johannesburg – JSC

BRAZIL’S first goal really opened up what was turning into a rather dull game. LUÍS FABIANO scored the goal from a tight angle leaving the Côte d’Ivoire keeper stunned. I though his second goal was good enough to be compared to Pelé’s iconic goal in the 1958 final. But the replays showed me that he handled the ball twice. Just call him Henry. After ELANO scored Brazil’s third goal the game seemed over, but the Ivorian icon that is Didier Drogba scored a bullet header to make it 3-1. The game had been blighted by players pretending to be injured, and this came to a head right at the end. Kaká had been booked a few minutes earlier, and he and Kader Keita accidently collided. Keita then went down like he’d been shot and Kaká was ridiculously sent off for violent conduct.

Zakumi: “FIFA have got to stop players acting like this.”

P92: “I know. It makes me sick seeing top level footballers cheating like they did in this game.”    

Tomorrow’s games are:

  • Portugal vs. North Korea, BBC 1 12:30 (A repeat of one of the best games in 1966)
  • Chile vs. Switzerland, BBC 1 15:00
  • Spain vs. Honduras, ITV 19:30
 

 

Honduras

0

vs.

1

Chile

MotM = Jean BEAUSEJOUR (CHI)  

Jean BEAUSEJOUR 34’

Group H

Ref = Eddy MAILLET (SEY)

Nelspruit

CHILE should have smashed Honduras in this game, but their finishing let them down. When their goal did come, it was quite fortunate. The ball came off a Honduran defender and onto Jean Beausejour. You can’t help but think that Honduras are just happy to be in the World Cup.

Zakumi: “Chile claim they can go all the way to the semis, but not with their finishing the way it is at the moment.”

P92: “Agreed. Happy 16th birthday by the way Zakumi.”

Zakumi: “Ah, thank you. What did you get me, a Bafana Bafana win?”

P92: “How about a massive upset?”

Zakumi: “What?”

 

 

Spain

0

vs.

1

Switzerland

MotM = Gelson FERNANDES (SUI)

Gelson FERNANDES 52’

Group H

Ref = Howard WEBB (ENG)

Durban

SWITZERLAND pulled off one of the biggest World Cup upsets of modern times by beating reigning European Champions – and millions of people’s tip to win the tournament – Spain. The Spanish put the Swiss under constant pressure throughout the game, but the closest they came was when XABI ALONSO hit the bar. Switzerland’s goal was scrappy to say the least but it will go down in history. They to hit the woodwork, so it could have been even worse for Spain.

Zakumi: “Brilliant! I wanted a game that goes down in history on my birthday and I got it!”

P92: “See I told you I had a massive upset for you.”

Zakumi: “And a Bafana Bafana win?”

P92: “Er…”

 

 

South Africa

0

vs.

3

Uruguay

MotM = Diego FORLÁN (URU)

Diego FORLÁN 24’ 80P’

Álvaro PEREIRA 90+5’

Group A

Ref = Massimo BUSACCA (SUI)

Tshwane / Pretoria

URUGUAY outplayed South Africa for the whole match, and a 3-0 win is just what they deserved. The host nation’s keeper Itumeleng Khune conceded the penalty and was sent off. He is only the second goalkeeper to be sent off in a finals match.  It looks increasingly likely now that South Africa will become the first home nation to go out in the group stage. Whereas Uruguay look as if they can do some damage in this tournament.

Zakumi: “What happened?!”

P92: “It’s football mate. It happens.”

Zakumi: “Yeah. I suppose you’re right.”

Tomorrows games are:

  • Argentina vs. South Korea, ITV 12:30
  • Greece vs. Nigeria, BBC 1 15:00
  • France vs. Mexico, BBC 1 19:30
  

New Zealand

1

vs.

1

Slovakia

Winston REID 90+3’

MotM = Róbert VITTEK (SLK)

Róbert VITTEK 50’

Group F

Ref = Jerome DAMON (RSA)

Rustenburg

NEW ZEALAND earned a well deserved and historic draw against Slovakia. The All Whites secured their first ever points at a World Cup when Winston Reid scored in the very last minute. Slovakia seemed to think that one goal was enough for them to win and top the group.

Zakumi: “But how wrong were they?”

P92: “Very as it turns out. The New Zealanders must feel like they have just won the World Cup.”

  

Côte d’Ivoire

0

vs.

0

Portugal

MotM = Cristiano RONALDO (POR)

Group G

Ref = Jorge LARRIONDA (URU)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

THIS game promised so much, and yet delivered so, so little.

Zakumi: “The only thing I can remember from it is Cristiano Ronaldo hitting the post and diving.”

P92: “Let’s not sugar-coat it, he cheated and on more than one occasion. He even conned the ref into booking another player.”

 

 

Brazil

2

vs.

1

North Korea

MAICON 55’

ELANO 72’

MotM = MAICON (BRA)

JI Yun-Nam 89’

Group G

Ref = Viktor KASSAI (HUN)

Johannesburg – JEP

NORTH KOREA not only stunned Brazil, but the whole footballing world when they went in at half-time with the scores at 0-0. You never would’ve known the world No. 1s and five times World Champions were playing the world No. 105s. Brazil did merit their two goals based on their efforts, but North Korea surprised everyone with a world class goal late on. They had a chance to draw the match, but it just wasn’t to be. If I were North Korea, I’d fancy my chances against Portugal and Côte d’Ivoire.

Zakumi: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw Jong Tae Se crying when the North Korean national anthem was playing.”

P92: “It surprised me as well; I’ve never seen any player do that before. Can I take my North Korea shirt off now?”

Zakumi: “Yeah. In fact England can learn something from North Korea about defending.”

P92: “Easy mate.”

Tomorrows games are:

  • Honduras vs. Chile, ITV 12:30
  • European Champions Spain vs. Switzerland w/ English ref Howard Webb, BBC 1 15:00
  • Hosts South Africa vs. Uruguay, BBC 1 19:30