Monday 23rd January 2012
Cuba 0 - 3 Haiti
Kimberly Boulos 73’ (Haiti)
Manoucheka Pierre Louis 77’ (Haiti)
Nadia Valentin 83’ (Haiti)
Kimberly Boulos and Manoucheka Pierre Louis scored four minutes apart midway through the second half and aparked Haiti to a 3-0 victory over Cuba on Monday in the final game for both teams at the CONCACAF Olympic women's qualifying tournament.
Boulous converted from a corner kick in the 72nd minute and Pierre Louis finished after being denied on several chances - the first goals by either team in three games. Nadia Valentin added a final tally in the 83rd.
"I think the match shows where we are in CONCACAF and in the Caribbean," Haiti coach Ronald Luxieux said. "We were at our best and played our strongest. Now in the next years we will have to continue to work to reach the level of the best in CONCACAF."
Both teams entered the game already eliminated from Olympic contention, with Haiti having been outscored 8-0 in its previous group matches against Canada and Costa Rica, and Cuba shutout 4-0.
Haiti had the better of possession and chances, although the Cuba opened the second half with the best chance for either side until Boulos' and Pierre Louis goals.
Canada 5 - 1 Costa Rica
Christine Sinclair 6’ 45’ (Canada)
Sophie SCHMIDT 10’ (Canada)
Kaylyn KYLE 19’ (Canada)
Marianne UGALDE 50’ (own goal)
María Fernanda Barrantes 90’ (Costa Rica)
Canada moved within one victory of the London Olympics with a 5-1 win over Costa Rica on Monday, jumping ahead of the Ticas in the sixth minute on the first of two goals by Christine Sinclair and dominating the rest of the way.
Sinclair's goals gave her 127 in her career, one behind retired German Birgit Prinz for fourth-most in women's soccer history. Mia Hamm holds the record with 158 followed by fellow Americans Kristine Lilly (130) and Abby Wambach (129).
The result assured Canada of facing the runner-up from Group B - either the United States or Mexico - in Friday's semifinals, the winners of which will qualify for the Olympics. Despite the loss, Costa Rica finished second in Group A and will play the Group B winner in the other semi-final.
"They need to bring it for this next game," Canada coach John Herdman said. "All their dreams are pinned on that game. I hope that the game is everything that a semi-final is meant to me as both teams want to go to the Olympics."
For more info on the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying 2012 please visit: www.concacaf.com
Video highlights: http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/video/canada-5-1-costa-rica-video...