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Trinidad & Tobago seals 4-4 draw against Mexico with extra-time goal

Trinidad & Tobago players celebrate their 4-4 tie with Mexico during Gold Cup '15 action on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Trinidad & Tobago players celebrate their 4-4 tie with Mexico during Gold Cup '15 action on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Mexico’s national team entered the CONCACAF Gold Cup having never drawn consecutive matches in the tournament.

After a 0-0 draw against Guatemala on Sunday, Mexico was determined to keep that streak in tact on Wednesday at Bank of America Stadium.

With time winding down against Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico held a 4-3 lead and appeared to be on its way to a victory. But in extra time, Trinidad defender Yohance Marshall headed a ball past Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to seal a 4-4 draw.

The win clinched Trinidad & Tobago (2-0-1, 7 points) first-place in Group C and handed Mexico (1-0-2, five points) a second-place finish in the group.

Mexico jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a first-half goal by defender Paul Aguilar, and forward Carlos Vela later extended Mexico’s lead to 2-0 in the 51st minute.

Vela’s goal was the first of seven scored by both teams in the second half, including three straight by Trinidad & Tobago. After tying the match at 2-2 in the 58th minute, Trinidad’s Keron Cummings scored his second goal to put his team up 3-2 in the 67th minute.

Mexico fought back, scoring back-to-back goals to take a 4-3 lead in the 90th minute. But Marshall’s last-minute header sealed the game.

Quote

“I was upset in the dressing room at halftime because we gave away chances. ... We lost concentration on the back post and we made little mistakes. I said to the players, ‘You cannot play futbol without the ball. You have to get the ball, look to penetrate and put Mexico under pressure. We have good team speed so play faster.’ And they did. It was a good game for spectators but not for my heart.” –Trinidad & Tobago coach Stephen Hart on his teams performance.

Worth mentioning

After leaving Trinidad & Tobago’s match against Cuba on Sunday with a hamstring injury, goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams didn’t play in Wednesday’s match. In two matches, he had only allowed one goal. ... Mexico forward Giovani Dos Santos, who had come off the bench for most of the Gold Cup, started Wednesday’s game but suffered an injury before halftime. He didn’t return for the second half. He has scored 17 goals in 89 appearances with Mexico.

By the numbers

61 - The percentage of the game Mexico controlled the ball.

3 The number of yellow cards between the two teams. Trinidad &Tobago drew two of those, while Mexico had one.

55, 823 The official attendance for Wednesdays Gold Cup doubleheader.

What’s next?

Both teams advance to the quarterfinal round and play on Sunday. Trinidad & Tobago will face Panama after winning Group C, and Mexico will play Costa Rica.

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