Mexico vs Martinique : The Mexican national team endured a 10-hour delay in traveling from Denver to Charlotte ahead of Sunday’s Gold Cup clash with Martinique, eventually getting to the team hotel at 5 a.m. on Friday. Mexico vs Martinique have already booked their berth in the Gold Cup quarterfinals,
The Mexican national team endured a 10-hour delay in traveling from Denver to Charlotte ahead of Sunday’s Gold Cup clash with Martinique, eventually getting to the team hotel at 5 a.m. on Friday due to a tire problem with the plane that was due to transport them.
El Tri was supposed to set off from Denver around 2 p.m. Mountain Time and arrive in Charlotte at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, confirmed the Mexican federation, but the technical problem with the charter plane left the team not knowing whether it would be staying an extra day in Colorado.
Martinique kept their hopes of advancing past the group stage alive with a convincing 3-0 win over Cuba Wednesday in Denver.
Martinique jumped in front just before halftime on a set piece as Joris Marveaux latched onto Kevin Fortune’s corner kick and guided his open header inside the far post.
In similar fashion, Les Matinino doubled their lead in the 70th minute when an unmarked Stephane Abaul headed in another Fortune corner kick from the edge of the six-yard box. Fortune closed the scoring six minutes from full time, taking a filthy backheel from Parsemain and slotting past hard-luck Cuban goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez. Andres Guardado came off the bench to score a second-half brace to help lift Mexico to a 3-1 win over Canada Wednesday night in Denver and book a spot in the quarterfinals.
With Mexico leading 1-0 thanks to a Roberto Alvarado rebound five minutes from full time, Guardado doubled the lead with a thunderous strike from distance in the 54th minute. After Lucas Cavallini pulled Canada to within a goal in the 75th minute, Guardado again extended El Tri’s lead, putting his shot that deflected off Alphonso Davies in off the post to extend Tata Martino’s record in charge of Mexico to a perfect 6-0-0.
The flight was then rescheduled for 9:30 p.m., using the same plane that had taken the Canadian and Cuban national teams from Denver to Charlotte earlier in the day.
The Mexico squad — as well as the Martinique team, which was on the same plane — eventually set off from Denver at 10:30 p.m. Mountain Time and landed just after 4 a.m. Eastern Time in Charlotte, with the players getting to the team hotel at 5 a.m.