El Salvador vs Jamaica, Friday’s matchday 2, Group C, of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, at the BBVA Stadium, in Houston, Texas.
The Salvadorans started the campaign with the right foot. They defeated the team of Curaçao, who was accredited by the conquest of the King of Thailand Cup, by 1 to 0, in confrontation that was disputed on Monday, June 17. The goal was scored by striker Nelson Bonilla in the early stages.
Despite the minimum score, the El Salvador team managed to control the actions of the confrontation, although it had only slight superiority in possession of the ball (51% to 49%). It turned that into nine chances to finish, with five of them on target.
The high point of their strategy, however, was the defensive lockout, which only allowed Curaçao’s selection three chances of trying to finish. One of them made goalkeeper Hernandez work.
Having the opportunity to make their first game in Kingston and boosted by the fans, the Jamaicans asserted the field command before a selection considered technically superior. They beat the Hondurans, also on Monday, June 17, 3-2.
They opened ahead in the first half with Orgill goals at 15 and 41 minutes. The visitors took nine minutes of the final half with Lozano. But there was no time for the fans to worry. Two minutes later, Loew made the third Jamaican attempt. When Honduras scored their second goal, in addition, with Castillo, there was no time for reaction.
Precision in finalization made the difference in confrontation. The visitors had the ball longer (57%) and created a similar number of kicking opportunities. There were only two less than the home team (12 to 14). However, the Jamaicans sent eight balls on target while the Hondurans hit twice – both entered.
Despite not having the support of the fans, Jamaica showed not only in the victory against Honduras, but also in the 1-0 that scored in the United States in the last warm-up preparatory match for the Gold Cup that they are having a good moment.
Therefore, the prognosis in their success against El Salvador is the best guess for the confrontation on Friday for the second round of the tournament that gathers selections from Central and North America.