Football: Jamaica, Costa Rica advance in Gold Cup

Christian Gamboa of Costa Rica (in white) sends the ball wide of the net as defender David Edgar of Canada keeps a close eye during the second half of their Concacaf Gold Cup match in Toronto.
Christian Gamboa of Costa Rica (in white) sends the ball wide of the net as defender David Edgar of Canada keeps a close eye during the second half of their Concacaf Gold Cup match in Toronto. PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Jamaica scored a late winning goal while Costa Rica needed only a scoreless draw as both teams advanced from Group B to the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday.

Jamaica's Garath McCleary tapped in a rebound in the 72nd minute to help his team beat El Salvador 1-0 and clinch the group with seven points.

McCleary's second goal of the tournament set up a quarter-final clash against Haiti.

El Salvador could have clinched a berth to the quarter-finals with a win but could not score.

The Jamaicans prevailed despite needing three goal keepers and lost Darren Mattocks to a second yellow card in the 81st minute.

Starting goalkeeper Jermaine Taylor was injured in the opening minutes, while replacement Dwayne Miller went down in the 23rd minute after taking a hit in the head.

In the late match, Canada continued their offensive struggles in front of a partisan crowd in Toronto.

Canada had a great chance to end that drought in the 24th minute when Dejan Jakovic's throw-in set up an attempt by Marcus Haber that was saved.

The Canadians failed to score in their three games at the tournament, allowing Costa Rica to advance to the quarter-finals with just three points.