Interim Canadian coach Colin Miller and Canada dropped a second consecutive Group A encounter at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the defending champion Mexico infront of 28,354 spectators at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. on Thursday evening.
Forward Raul Jimenez scored his first international goal for the Tricolores in the opening 45 minutes, while midfielder Marco Fabian added another from the penalty spot in the second half for Mexico’s first victory at the CONCACAF tournament.
Mexico had a chance to open scoring in the 19th minute when forward Rafael Marquez Lugo’s shot from outside the penalty area was saved by Canada’s goalkeeper Milan Borjan.
Ten minutes later, the Canadians almost got on the board when forward Marcus Haber’s header off a free kick was saved by Mexican ‘keeper Jonathan Orozco for a corner kick.
A minute before the opening goal from Mexico, Fabian had fired a low shot that had to be deflected by Borjan for a corner kick.
Midfielder Jorge Enriquez flicked a pass from Luis Montes’ corner toward Jimenez where he headed it past Borjan for the 1-0 lead three minutes before halftime.
Mexico made it 2-0 in the second half when Fabian scored off a penalty kick in the 57th minute after being fouled inside the Canadian 18-yard box by defender David Edgar.
The loss extends Canada’s winless streak to seven matches with their last win coming against Cuba (3-0) during FIFA World Cup Qualifying on October 12, 2012.
In an earlier encounter on Thursday at CenturyLink Field, forward Gabriel Torres scored on a penalty kick with five minutes remaining to give Panama a 1-0 victory over Martinique. The victory secured Panama a berth into the quarterfinals.
Miller, who recently guided FC Edmonton to the best defensive team during the NASL Spring Season allowing just 12 goals against, is searching for its first victory in charge of the Maple Leafs.
He will have a chance in Canada’s next gold cup encounter as well as avoid tournament elimination when they take on current group leader Panama in Denver Colo. on Sunday, July 14.
The top two teams from each group as well as the two highest-seeded third-place finishers will advance to the quarterfinals.
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