Saturday, two quarterfinals full of intensity turn in favor Qatar and Mexico thanks to their victory on respectively Salvador (3-2) and Honduras (3-0). Tonight, Costa Rica plays Canada and USA, Canada to pick the two other tickets for the semi-finals.

Qatar and Mexico advance to the Concacaf Goldcup 2021 semi-finals following their quarterfinal win on respectively Salvador (3-2) and Honduras (3-0) on Saturday night at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It was two games full of intensity with four teams each determined to grab one of the four tickets in list the last square.

Qatar launches the hostilities with the opening of the score two minutes after the start with a failed control in his axis by the Salvadorian captain Darwin Cerén. Akram Afif intercepts the ball and extends the play to Almoez Ali who strikes out of Mario Gonzalez reach. The second goal, perhaps the best one so far of the tournament, does not take long to arrive as Abdelaziz Hatim (8’) concluded a Qatari’s counterattack consecutive to a ball recuperation in their defensive sector.

In fact, Qatari controls the game during the first halftime as they go faster and are more available in terms of play progression and ball driving. That does not mean that Salvadorians are just observers on the pitch. They multiply actions but run up against the opposing defense even though one can blame them for not being more aggressive in their attempts to recover the ball. Then, Qatar comes back with the same enthusiasm and fastness to score their third goal (55’) on penalty kicked by their forward with Ganesan origin Almoez Ali, currently best goal scorer (4) of the tournament.

Later in the night it is to Mexicans and Hondurans to fight for the second ticket in air. And this game is as well exciting as the first one, but Mexico appears to have stronger argument both in terms of play variation and in terms of players quality. Thus, Mexicans take the initiative from the start and succeeds to monopolize the ball using particularly transverses from the sides with Luis Rodriguez (right) and Jesus Gaillardo (left).

Later in the night it is to Mexicans and Hondurans to fight for the second ticket in air. And this game is as well exciting as the first one, but Mexico appears to have stronger argument both in terms of play variation and in terms of players quality. Thus, Mexicans take the initiative from the start and succeeds to monopolize the ball using particularly transverses from the sides with Luis Rodriguez (right) and Jesus Gaillardo (left).

It is Rodriguez, freed of any marking, who centers to Funes Mori’s head (26’) for the first goal. Five minutes later, the Honduran defense sends a ball off their reparation square which falls in Jonathan Dos Santos’ right foot, who only kicks it into Lopez’s cage (31’). A goal from the head the third one is, and Orbelín Pineda (38’) is the scorer following a transverse ball from Jesus Gaillardo.

The road for the usual “Big Three” plus a guest.

Qatar and Mexico are waiting for the other two quarterfinals scheduled tonight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to know their adversaries in semi-finals. Costa Rica and USA will try to hold off respectively Canada and Jamaica to rejoin the usual “Big Three” with a guest. This year, the guest is from oversea as it is Qatar.

The semi-finals take place on July 29, 2021, at the Q2 Stadium in Austin and NRG Stadium in Houston, both in Texas. The final will be playing on August 1st, t the Allegiant Stadium of Las Vegas, in Nevada.

By Guadel

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