Soccer  > General Soccer  > Guadeloupe seizes last berth in Caribbean semis
December 2, 2010, 11:43 AM
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique - Jean Luc Lamboude scored in the 41st minute and Guadeloupe earned a berth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory over Antigua & Barbuda on Wednesday, a result that also sent it to the semifinals of the Digicel Caribbean Cup.


The victory gave the French department five points and second place in Group I - one ahead of Antigua, but it had to wait for Jamaica's victory 4-0 over Guyana in the nightcap of the doubleheader to confirm it would not be overtaken in the standings.

The results mean Cuba will face Guadeloupe in the first semifinal Friday night while Jamaica will play Grenada in the other in a rematch of the 2008 title game.

Guadeloupe had the better of play in the first half and finally converted when Cedric Collet worked to the byline on the lef and sent a cross back into the area, where Lamboude volleyed.

Antigua needing only a draw to advance, pushed forward and had more of the possession in the second half, but leaving itself vulnerable to counters, which enabled Guadeloupe to create a pair of chances in the first 15 minutes.

Antigua had its best chance in the 83rd when Peter Byers chased a long ball but lost the race to Guadeloupe keeper Yohann Bus. Antigua saw its chances subside with five minutes remaining when Dave Carr was expelled with his second yellow card of the match.

The victory sends Guadeloupe to a third straight appearance in the Gold Cup next year, having reached the semifinals in 2007.

In the second game, Marvin Morgan -making only his second international appearance -- scored a pair of goals and Dane Richards and Eric Vernon had one each to lead Jamaica over Guyana.

Guyana needed a victory to wrest second place from Guadeloupe, but Richards scored the only goal needed by Jamaica in the 42nd minute as the Reggae Boyz went on to become the only team to win all three of its first-round matches.

Richards finished a free kick from Keamar Daley, which was headed into the middle by Ryan Johnson.

Morgan added goals in the 48th and 74th minutes with help from Luton Shelton and Johnson, and Vernan completed the scoring in the 89th.

The finale completed a frustrating night for the Golden Jaguars, who were the only team to advance out of the first group stage of the competition and finished with a 4-3-2 record, never allowing more than two goals in a match until Wednesday's game.

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