You rarely associate great games in CONCACAF, even less so during the group phase of the Gold Cup. But what Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago just played was nothing short of legendary.
Kenwyne Jones was the hero, the goat and the hero again, with a little help from his teammates, all in a span of about 5 minutes as Trinidad stormed back from a 2-0 and 4-3 deficit to equalize on their final corner kick in stoppage time in a 4-4 draw.
Mexico got out to a 2-0 lead through Paul Aguilar and Carlos Vela who scored in the 31st and 50th minutes respectfully before Jones took over. His double minutes after Mexico's second goal tied the game and his assist to Keron Cummings in the 66th gave T&T the lead.
But it almost fell apart for Trinidad as Mexico pressed forward in search of an equalizer and they got it and more. Andres Guardado in the 87th tied it with a blast from just outside the area before an own goal from Jones gave Mexico a 4-3 lead in stoppage time.
Watch Trinidad and Tobago's stoppage-time equalizer against Mexico on the LAST play of the match. http://t.co/cuLADX6Uij #GoldCup2015— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 16, 2015
In the 93rd minute, Jones stepped up to take a corner kick with debris raining down on him from the Mexico fans, Jovein Jones whipped in a cross that Yohance Marshall powered home with a header to the low corner. The draw secured T&T as Group C champs and a spot in the quarterfinals against Panama on June 20th in East Rutherford while Mexico will play the other half of the doubleheader that day against Costa Rica.
Cuba's 1-0 victory over Guatemala thanks to Maikel Reyes' second half goal was enough to secure them a spot in the quarterfinals as one of two third place finishers. They'll take on Group A winners the United States in Baltimore with Jamaica and Haiti representing the final pairing in the quarters. Those two games will take place on July 19th.