News - Haiti stroll, relief for Reggae Boyz
News - Haiti stroll, relief for Reggae Boyz

Haiti stroll, relief for Reggae Boyz

Haiti stroll, relief for Reggae Boyz
Wednesday, 9 September 2015, 14:31

Jamaica needed a last-gasp goal in Managua to edge past Nicaragua and avoid ignominious elimination at the first hurdle on their road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The CONCACAF Gold Cup runners-up can now breathe a nervy sigh of relief as they join rampant Haiti, El Salvador, Canada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Guatemala, along with big boys Mexico, USA and Costa Rica, in the region’s first group stages. 

Results (Aggregate over two legs)
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3-2 Aruba
Grenada 1-6 Haiti
Curacao 0-2 El Salvador
Canada 4-1 Belize
Jamaica 4-3 Nicaragua
Antigua and Barbuda 1-2 Guatemala

The highlights
Reggae Boyz
 rebound
Just weeks after beating USA and reaching their first-ever Gold Cup final, Jamaica only barely avoided being bounced out of World Cup qualifying at the first hurdle. They lost the first leg of their third-round series to Central American minnows Nicaragua in Kingston last week. The poor result required a goal from Simon Dawkins deep into stoppage time in the return fixture in Managua to eke out the result. It was a close-run thing, and coach Winfried Schaefer will do well to re-call missing Gold Cup heroes Wes Morgan, Jobi McAnuff and Giles Barnes for the fourth-round group fixtures to come.

Belize’s goal-king dethroned
Deon McCauley finished shock top-scorer in the global qualifiers for Brazil 2014, edging out the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. But the Belizean goal hero – his nation’s all-time top-scorer – won’t repeat the feat this time around. His Central American strivers were overwhelmed by Canada 4-1 over two legs, but McCauley’s three goals in four games is still an achievement worth noting, even if it is a long way off his haul of 11 during the Brazil 2014 campaign. 

Resurrected Aruba go down again
Dutch-speaking island side Aruba have the dubious distinction of being the only team to lose twice in the single-elimination portion of the CONCACAF qualifiers. They were given a new lease of life after losing in the previous round, booking passage on a technicality after Barbados fielded an ineligible player. With a new head coach in the hot seat, the islanders very nearly made the most of their unexpected resurrection. Danso scored twice in Oranjestad to draw scores level at 2-2. But with the momentum going their way, Aruban hearts were broken six minutes from time when Tevin Slater scored his second of the series to send St. Vincent and the Grenadines through and make himself top-scorer in the zone with five goals. 

Player of the round – Duckens Nazon (Haiti)
A little over a year ago, Haitian sensation Duckens Nazon was toiling away in the amateur ranks of French football. He even considered giving up on the game altogether. Now, though, the 21-year-old’s star is on the rise. The Paris-born striker had a CONCACAF Gold Cup to remember, helping Haiti beat Honduras en route to the knockout rounds. And he’s had a hot start to Russia 2018 qualifying too, scoring in both legs and dominating attack in the rout of Caribbean neighbours Grenada. Smooth on the ball, speedy and powerful, Duckens’ move to the relative big-time of Laval B in France’s Ligue 2 doesn’t seem to have damaged his hunger for goals. 

The number
10 - 
The number of goals scored by Canada in their four Russia 2018 qualifying games. Six against Dominica and four in Round Three against Belize means they are averaging 2.5 goals per game. It’s a fair bit better than their dreadful record at the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup, where they went three games, almost 300 minutes of football, without finding the net. Coach Benito Floro will also be pleased with his side’s defensive numbers. The Canucks have conceded only once in those four games.

What they said
“We’re happy to be moving on. We knew we had to keep the ball as much as possible away from home. We knew that at the start. Belize have a good counter-attack and a very dangerous player in their No9 so we had to be careful.” Canada coach Benito Floro, formerly boss of Real Madrid, is pleased to move on and he pays Belize’s goal hero McCaulay homage in the bargain. 

Fourth-round group stages
Group A
Mexico 
Honduras
El Salvador
Canada

Group B
Costa Rica
Panama
Haiti
Jamaica

Group C
USA
Trinidad and Tobago
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Guatemala

*The fourth-round group stages will be played from November 2015 to September 2016.

MORE NEWS   -   CHAMPIONSHIP

On the Fan Fest Venue, the Mexicans Mastered the intellectual game of Russians!
On the Fan Fest Venue, the Mexicans Mastered the intellectual game of Russians!
In comparison to the Mexican-Swedish invasion, which happened on Thursday June 27th, the Fan Fest became a place for a calm and friendly communication between football fans from all over the world. Everyone without any exception felt contented, the activities and competitions of the Fan Fest became as international as thinkable. 
Friday, 29 June 2018, 11:23

Tears, joy, Zabivaka and "Avariya"
Tears, joy, Zabivaka and "Avariya"
July 27th at the Fan Fest venue in Ekaterinburg was hot in a literal and figurative sense. Firstly, the temperature of the air warmed up to 28 degrees Celsius at the opening of the gate, and secondly, a rich entertainment program was expected and the last match of the 2018 World Cup in the city was broadcasted. The steady and hot weather did not scare the fans of football and the whole day the site was visited by approximately 24 000 fans.
Thursday, 28 June 2018, 11:43

Ekaterinburg will say goodbye to foreign fans for the songs "Disco Accident"
Ekaterinburg will say goodbye to foreign fans for the songs "Disco Accident"
June 27th, at 17:00, the FIFA Fan Fest venue will once again open its gates for several thousands of peoples. The entertainment program will brighten up time in anticipation of today’s matches. The main event of the day, the football confrontation Mexico - Sweden, will start at 19:00. 
Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 16:30

Expected sold-out at the Fan Fest
Expected sold-out at the Fan Fest
June 25th, at 16:40 even before the opening of the fan zone, a three-thousand and three-color group of supporters gathered near the gate. Dudki and flags, kokoshniki and hats in national colors - the fans prepared for the last game of the group stage for the Russian team.
Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 11:37