Sat, Jan
Match Report
Mexico Trinidad & Tobago
Mexico T&T flag
 Clint Marcelle (59')
Jerren Nixon (75')

1998-02-04Oakland ColiseumOakland, CA, United States17256

Mexico breezes in Gold Cup opener

Luis Hernandez and Francisco Palencia scored goals within a two-minute span of the second half as Mexico defeated Trinidad and Tobago 4-2 in a first-round game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament Wednesday night at the Oakland Coliseum.

Hernandez scored two goals and Ramon Ramirez also scored for Mexico.

Jerren Nixon scored for Trinidad and Tobago, which also got a score on an own goal.

While Trinidad and Tobago had a couple of scoring chances, Mexico dominated most of the first half, keeping the ball in Trinidad and Tobago's zone for more than 30 minutes.

After several near misses, Mexico scored its first goal in the 37th minute when Ramirez took a crossing pass from Francisco Palencia in front of the net and kicked the ball to the right of Trinidad and Tobago goalie Clayton Ince.

Trinidad and Tobago received a gift goal in the 59th minute when Mexico defender Dulio Davino, who was trying to play the ball back to goalie Oscar Perez, kicked it past him and into the net instead.

Hernandez's goal in the 63rd minute snapped the 1-1 tie. After taking a crossing pass from Ramirez, Hernandez kicked the ball into the back of the net from eight yards out.

Less than two minutes later, Mexico found the Trinidad and Tobago defense out of place, and Palencia converted a one-on-one situation, beating Ince from 10 yards out.

Nixon scored for Trinidad and Tobago in the 75th minute when he picked up a loose ball after a mad scramble in front of the net and kicked it past Perez to the left.

Hernandez closed the scoring for Mexico with his second goal in the82nd minute.

20.Clayton Ince
4.Marvin Andrews
6.Subbed outShurland David
 Subbed in 74' Stokely Mason
13.Ansil Elcock
16.Colvin Hutchinson
3.Sherwyn Julien Yellow Card 4 '
12.David Nakhid (capt.)
5.Anthony Rougier
14.Stern John
7.Subbed outClint Marcelle
 Subbed in 87' Gary Glasgow
11.Subbed outJerren Nixon
 Subbed in 80' Peter Prosper
8.Stokely Mason
15.Gary Glasgow
9.Peter Prosper
 Bertille St. Clair
74'Subbed outSubbed inStokely Mason for Shurland David
80'Subbed outSubbed inPeter Prosper for Jerren Nixon
87'Subbed outSubbed inGary Glasgow for Clint Marcelle
4'Yellow CardSherwyn Julien