Trinidad and Tobago kicked off their 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying group stage with a 3-1 victory over host Cuba at the Estadio Pedro Marrero in La Habana today.
TRI: - 1.Marvin Phillip; 8.Cyd Gray (capt), 4.Makan Hislop, 6.Dennis Lawrence, 3.Avery John; 7.Christopher Birchall (16.Khaleem Hyland 39), 2.Clyde Leon, 12.Densill Theobald (10.Darryl Roberts 65th), 17.Keon Daniel; 9.Anthony Wolfe, 13.Cornell Glen (5.Osei Telesford 74th).
CUB: - 1.Dany Luis Quintero; 2.Silvio Pedro Minoso, 3.Yenier Marquez, 5.Jorge Luis Clavelo, 13.Carlos Francisco, 16.Reysander Fernandez, 14.Jaine Colome, 11.Hensy Munoz (17.Pedro Faife 81st), 7.Luis Hermilo Villegas (9.Alain Cervantes 56th), 18.Heriel Cordoves (19.Leonel Duarte 56th), 10.Roberto Linares.
Goal T&T 22nd: Keon Daniel (Clyde Leon).
Goal T&T 59th: Keon Daniel (free kick).
Goal T&T 66th: Cornell Glen (unassisted).
Goal Cuba 85th: Yenier Marquez.
Yellow Card T&T: Makan Hislop (24).
Yellow Card T&T: Avery John (56).
Yellow Card Cuba: Reysander Fernandez (60).
Red Card T&T: Khaleem Hyland (71).
Yellow Card T&T: Dennis Lawrence (80).
Daniel double guides Warriors to 3-1 win.
By: Shaun Fuentes (TTFF).
Trinidad and Tobago secured its first three points of the CONCACAF Semi Final round of World Cup qualification with a 3-1 victory over Cuba at the Estadio Pedro Merrero on Wednesday night. The win was a reward for the gritty display by the "Soca Warriors" before 2,200 fans and came from three beautifully taken goals. United Petrotrin Keon Daniel silenced the buoyant home fans with a clinical left footed rifle in the 22nd minute.
And as Cuba continued to press and looked threatening at various points of the match forcing Marvin Phillip to make some timely saves, Daniel turned up to curl a left footed free kick from the edge of the penalty box into the right corner of the goal in the 52nd minute. Cornell Glen then sealed the three points for T&T with another well taken goal in the 69th minute.
Francisco Maturana's team, which started the slower of the two teams had an early setback when midfielder Chris Birchall was forced to go off because of stomach cramps and his replacement Khaleem Hyland was later sent off for violent play in the 71st minute. Cuba pulled a goal back in the 88th minute when Jeniel Marquez Molina won an air battle with Dennis Lawrence to powerfully head home from a right side cross.
Following the win, Maturana expressed satisfaction with the team's ability to collect the points on the road.
"It is a good result from us to start the round. Getting three points away from Trinidad was a great achievement and now we must try to continue to achieve good results. I was happy to see the team work according to our plan and we scored our three goals very well. Cornell Glen for me was very good tonight again. He started alone and he did what we needed from him. And Keon (Daniel) for me can always give you that possibility (in attack) and tonight he showed us how well he can do it. I am happy about the result," Maturana told TTFF Media after the win.
Cuban front duo Roberto Linares and Heriel Cordoves managed to make some inroads into the T&T penalty box in the first half and were also willing to trying the goal from outside. On ten minutes a powerful crack from Linares brought the best out of Phillip.
A couple minutes earlier T&T had their first shy at goal when a Birchall cross almost met the head of Glen.
Just as the Cubans began to settle, T&T broke the deadlock through Daniel. Midfielder Clyde Leon played one for him to collect behind the defender and he moved goalwards before placing a left footer past Luis Quintero on his near left post. Cuba thought they had the equalizer three minutes later but Jensse Munos’ effort was ruled offside after he knocked in the rebound following Phillip’s initial block.
After the half time break, Maturana maintained the 4-5-1 formation and Cuba continued to press for the equalizer but nothing would beat Phillip and his defense of Dennis Lawrence, Avery John, Cyd Gray and Makan Hislop stood firm when they had to. On 58 minutes T&T’s Densill Theobald should have done better with a left side delivery by Daniel but he failed to control the ball around the top centre of the box and soon after Hyland’s ambitious drive drifted away from the upright.
It was then time for the Daniel show to continue as the Petrotrin man turned up with another of his trademark free kicks, curling a left footer into the right corner of the net from the top edge leaving Quintero for dead. Munos tried to capitalize on a bad clearance from the usually reliable Dennis Lawrence, turning and firing one wide of Phillip’s far post in the 63rd.
Glen, like he did against El Salvador put on a demonstration on finishing. He collected from Hyland just outside the box and quickly looked up and saw the opportunity for goal, hitting a right footer away from the ‘keeper and into the right corner to put the game out of Cuba’s reach The 100 odd T&T fans in the stands were now celebrating in style for a third time on the evening.
Two minutes later though Hyland was given an immediate red for an apparent stamp as he made a late attempt to block an incoming challenge after delaying on the initial pass. Leonel Durante came off the bench for Cuba and looked lively down the stretch but by then Cuba’s lights were already out. Molina’s header eventually beat Phillip for a late consolation for the hosts who continued to play even forced three corners in the closing minute. Already T&T were counting three points and looking ahead to Guatemala on September 6 a the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Spanish Version. (By: Soitu.es)
1-3. Trinidad y Tobago derrota a Cuba en la tercera fase de las eliminatorias del Mundial.
EFE - La Habana.- La selección de fútbol de Cuba cayó hoy en La Habana ante la de Trinidad y Tobago por 1-3 en el comienzo de la tercera fase de las eliminatorias del Mundial de Sudáfrica 2010 en la zona de la Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe (Concacaf).
(EFE) Ambos equipos exhibieron velocidad y buena preparación física, pero Trinidad y Tobago mostró un esquema de ataque superior en el partido.
Con dos goles de Daniel Keon, a los 21 y 61 minutos, y uno de Glen Cornell, a los 67, los pupilos del colombiano Francisco 'Pacho' Maturana comenzaron con buen pie y sembraron muchas dudas sobre el funcionamiento de la selección dirigida por el alemán Reinhold Fanz.
El once visitante perfiló la victoria desde el minuto 21, y pese a que los cubanos hicieron en el primer tiempo nueve tiros a puerta sin lograr ninguna anotación.
En el complementario, con ventaja ampliada por el jugador Glen Cornell a los 61 minutos, los trinitarios se limitaron a mantener el cerrojo defensivo, sobre todo en el centro del campo, zona por donde los locales ejecutaron más intentos hasta que llegó el gol del descuento, a tres minutos del fin, a través de Yenier Márquez.
Los pupilos de Maturana, ex seleccionador de Colombia, Ecuador, Perú y Costa Rica mostraron como principal virtud solidez en defensa y un juego brusco, que fue castigado con tres tarjetas amarillas y la expulsión de Khaleem Hyland.
Ambos equipos exhibieron velocidad y buena preparación física, pero Trinidad y Tobago mostró un esquema de ataque superior en el partido, presenciado por el presidente de la Concacaf, el trinitario Jack Warner.
1. Cuba: Dany Quintero; Silvio Miñoso, Yenier Márquez, Jorge Clavelo, Carlos Serrano; Reysandri Fernández, Jaime Colomé, Yosvani Caballeros, Jense Muñoz (m.54, Pedro A. Faife); Luis Villegas (m.60, Alain Cervantes); Heviel Cordovés (m.59, Leonel Duarte) y Roberto Linares. Seleccionador: Reinhold Fanz (Alemania)
3. Trinidad y Tobago: Marvin Phillip; Clyde Leon, Avery John, Makan Hislop; Daniel Keon, Dennis Lawrence, Chris Birchall (m.38, Khaleem Hyland), Cyd Gray; Densill Theobold (m.68, Darryl Roberts), Anthony Wolfe y Cornell Glen. Seleccionador: Francisco Maturana (Colombia).
Goles: 0-1, m.21: Daniel Keon. 0-2, m.61: Keon. 0-3, m.67: Glen Cornell. 1-3. m.87: Yenier Márquez.
Árbitro: el mexicano Benito Armando Archundia expulsó con roja directa a Kahleem Hylan (m.72) y amonestó a Avery John (m.56) y Dennis Lawrence (m.81).