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Cuba debuts thrashing in CONCACAF Men´s U20 Championships

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HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 2 (acn) Cuba beat Belize in its debut for Group D of the 2018 CONCACAF Men´s U20 Championship attended by 34 teams from November 1 to 21, in the IMG Academy, of Bradenton, Florida, USA.

The Caribbean island demonstrated its favorite status by thrashing 6-1 the Central American side and opened the score through right winger Jean Rodriguez in the 31st minute and two minutes later attacking midfielder Rolando Oviedo scored the second, while playmaker Rivaldo Ibarra (42´) made larger Cuba´s advantage by taking a free-kick, although Jonard Castillo managed to reduce distances through a penalty kick in injury time of the first half.
Raul Gonzalez, Cuban coach, made some substitutions in the second half, but this didn´t prevent his squad to score three other goals through left winger Geobel Perez (67´), substitute striker Yandri Romero (84´) and Rodriguez again (94´), according to website of the contest.
In the other matches of this group, Honduras beat 7-1 the Dominican Republic and Antigua and Barbuda defeated 6-1 Saint Maarten, with highlight to Zayn Hakeem, who scored a hat-trick.
After an initial phase of six groups, the winners of each pool will advance to the qualifying round, where they will be divided into two three-team groups.
The competition will determine the four CONCACAF representatives at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland and it will also determine the CONCACAF teams playing at the 2019 Pan American Games men's soccer tournament in Lima.
Cuba had only managed to qualify once to an U20 WC (Turkey 2013) and its next rivals will be the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Marten on November the 3rd. 5, 7 and 9, in that order.

 

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