PHOENIX: Mexico’s Gold Cup hopes were dealt a blow on Sunday (Monday in Manila) as they dominated play but could only manage a scoreless draw with Guatemala in a Group C game.
Mexico came into the contest hoping to book a berth into the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals but instead will have to wait until their next game on Wednesday against Trinidad and Tobago to see whether they advance.
Mexico controlled the play for the majority of the game but Guatemala goalkeeper Paulo Motta was brilliant, making several key stops and charging through the box to snag two crosses in injury time that negated scoring chances.
In the earlier game of the Group C Sunday doubleheader, Trinidad and Tobago punched their ticket to the final eight by beating depleted Cuba 2-0.
Trinidad and Tobago improved to 2-0 in Group C and advance to the knockout round for the second consecutive tournament while Cuba fell to 0-2.
Blow to Mexico
The Mexico-Guatemala 0-0 draw in front of a sold out crowd of 62,900 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona was disappointing for Mexico who were shutout for the first time in 32 Gold Cup matches.
Hector Herrera had the best chance of the game to give Mexico the lead but his right-footed blast from outside the box in the 86th minute hit the crossbar.
Andres Guardado, in the first half, and Oribe Peralta, in the 75th minute, also had superb chances from in close but each time Motta was there to shut the door.
Guatemala, who have beaten Mexico just twice in the last 42 years, played the final 14 minutes with just 10 men. They are in third place with one point and next face Cuba on Wednesday.