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Canada 1-2 Jamaica: The Gold Cup dream ends in Arizona

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The men’s national team spent most of the match camped in their opponent’s half but found themselves sucker-punched.

Soccer: 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup-Jamaica at Canada Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canada huffed and puffed but could not quite blow the Jamaican house down. Their opponents had few chances on the night but took two of them and defended stubbornly to win 2-1 and advance to the semi-finals of the Gold Cup.

Jamaica took the lead early with a goal similar to the one Alphonso Davies scored against Costa Rica, with Shaun Francis arriving at the back post to convert at the end of a quick counter-attack.

Canada dominated the possession and territory for the remainder of the half but struggled to create clear-cut chances. The best of their openings fell to Cyle Larin, who headed narrowly wide off a set-piece.

Les Rouges started the second half as poorly as they had the first, though. Zambrano’s men were left with a mountain to climb when Romario Williams curled a 25-yard shot beyond Milan Borjan.

Against a deep Jamaican defence, openings continued to prove difficult to come by and a moment of magic from Junior Hoilett was required for Canada to get back into the game.

Canada piled on the pressure thereafter, with Hoilett and Michael Petrasso going close, but Jamaica held out for the win. They will face the winner of the Mexico vs El Salvador tie that followed this one in Glendale, Arizona.