Published On: Mon, Jul 10th, 2017

Gold Cup 2017: Jamaica beats Curaçao

SoccerSAN DIEGO - With the first two groups having completed their first round of fixtures, the 2017 Gold Cup spotlight was on Group C on Sunday in San Diego.

Curaçao and Jamaica faced off to get the action underway, while Mexico began its Gold Cup title defense against El Salvador to bring the day to a close.

Below is a brief recap for how Sunday unfolded. The schedule and standings for the Gold Cup are available on the tournament's official website.

Jamaica 2, Curacao 0

Jamaica opened its tournament with a 2-0 win over Curaçao.

Following a scoreless first half, Romario Williams broke the deadlock in the 58th minute, beating Curaçao goalkeeper Eloy Room at the near post.

Je-Vaughn Watson supplied a through ball ahead to Williams, who opted against taking a touch and instead hit the ball first time. Room appeared to be caught off guard as Williams' shot slipped just inside the post.

Fifteen minutes later, Darren Mattocks provided an early candidate for goal of the tournament when he put Jamaica ahead 2-0.

The goal came about after Mattocks had a poor touch on Kemar Lawrence's cross in from the left. Mattocks quickly recovered and unleashed a left-footed volley into the back of the net.

Curaçao nearly halved the deficit in the 78th minute, but Andre Blake saved Gevaro Nepomuceno's close-range effort to maintain Jamaica's two-goal lead.

While it wasn't a sterling performance by the Reggae Boyz, they put themselves in a good position to advance with the victory. Drawing one of their two remaining group stage matches may be enough to send them through to the quarterfinals.

Especially with Mexico ahead in its next match, Jamaica needed to walk away from Sunday with three points and achieved that goal.

Curaçao, on the other hand, all but guaranteed it has no margin for error over the next week, which is concerning since it still has a matchup with El Tri on the horizon. Even with Mexico sending a weakened side to the Gold Cup, it'll be a difficult opponent for Curaçao in what could be a must-win situation on July 16 in San Antonio.

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