Published On: Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

Mexico knocks off Curacao to win CONCACAF Gold Cup group

concacafSAN ANTONIO - Angel Sepulveda and Edson Alvarez scored and Mexico held on to beat Curaçao 2-0 on Sunday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio to win Group C in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and continue its bid for a fourth championship in five years.

Mexico advanced to face Honduras in the quarterfinals Thursday night in Glendale, Arizona.

The defending champions had a surprisingly tough match against Curaçao, which was competing in the Gold Cup for the first time.

Sepulveda scored on a diving header in the 22nd minute off a cross-field assist from Raul Lopez. Alvarez scored in the 90th minute shortly after injury time was added.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio celebrated Alvarez’s goal from a suite in the Alamodome while serving the third of a six-match suspension from FIFA for his actions toward officials during a Confederations Cup match.

Coming off a scoreless draw against Jamaica on Thursday night in Denver, Mexico was able to overcome a gritty effort by Curacao to finish 2-0-1 in Group C.

Jamaica 1, El Salvador 1 >> Both teams advanced out of Group C based on match points. Nelson Bonilla gave El Salvador an early lead with an assist from Ruben Marroquin. Jamaica evened the score on a penalty kick by Darren Mattocks after El Salvador’s Narciso Orellana was whistled for a hand ball in the penalty area.

Jamaica finished second in the group and El Salvador finished third.

Photo: Mexico's Edson Alvarez, left, celebrates his goal against Curacao during a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match in San Antonio, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) 


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