Canada secured their place in the Gold Cup quarter-finals with a 4-1 win over Haiti in a game played in Kansas City.
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Cyle Larin scored a brace and broke a team record scoring his ninth and tenth goals in 2021; the old mark was eight.
The Haitians had a good first half while Canada was not very good after quickly taking the lead.
But with the Haitian team running out of eight players due to a COVID-19 outbreak, gasoline ran out late in the game.
Canada obtained and converted two penalty shots in five minutes between the 74e (Larin) and the 79e minute (Junior Hoilett). Stephen Eustaquio scored in a second straight game, and Maxime Crépeau claimed a second straight victory.
“They never go away, they’re very athletic and never stop. I hope we won’t have to face them for a few years, that’s too many games against them, ”laughed Canada’s coach John Hermand.
Although Haiti played a very good game, Canada mostly played a second half of the first half well below its standards.
“I had the impression that we were a little relaxed on their ground at all positions. We started to lose our spirits. “
Her team is also grappling with disciplinary problems as they already have six yellow cards after two group stage matches.
Having received his second Thursday night, the very good Stephen Eustaquio will miss the last game of the group stage against the United States.
“Having six yellow cards at the start of a tournament is not easy,” admitted Herdman. Stephen will be suspended for the next game, but he will have the quarter-final and semi-final ahead of him. “