Costa Rica, Canada in q-fi­nals of Gold Cup

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Canada ad­vanced to their first quar­ter­fi­nal since 2009 af­ter play­ing to a score­less draw with Hon­duras in the fi­nal Group A match of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup tour­na­ment on Fri­day. Canada and Hon­duras moved on to the quar­ters where they will join Group A win­ner Costa Rica who ad­vanced with a dom­i­nat­ing 3-0 vic­tory over win­less French Guiana ear­lier Fri­day. Both Canada and Costa Rica went un­beaten in the group stage. Costa Rica fin­ished with two wins and a draw for seven points ahead of Canada who had one vic­tory and two draws for five points.

Canada has been the sur­prise team so far in the Gold Cup, get­ting an of­fen­sive spark from teen phe­nom Alphonso Davies. They also have ex­cel­lent goal­tend­ing and more depth on their ros­ter than pre­vi­ous Gold Cup teams.

Davies, who is the first player this tour­na­ment to reach three goals, did not start Fri­day due to an an­kle prob­lem but he was in­serted into the lineup by head coach Oc­tavio Zam­brano.

Cana­dian goal­keeper Mi­lan Bor­jan got the shutout as he backed up his 10 save game against Costa Rica ear­lier with an­other solid per­for­mance on Fri­day night. Hon­duras ad­vanced to the quar­ters de­spite fail­ing to score a goal in the group stage. Their only win came as a re­sult of French Guiana hav­ing to for­feit a game af­ter de­fi­antly play­ing for­mer French in­ter­na­tional Florent Malouda, who had ear­lier been ruled in­el­i­gi­ble for the tour­na­ment. —AFP

FRISCO: Hon­duras mid­fielder Car­los Dis­cua (7) shoots be­tween Canada de­fender Mar­cel de Jong (17) and mid­fielder Sa­muel Pi­ette (6) dur­ing the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soc­cer match Fri­day, in Frisco, Texas. — AP

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