Mexico to meet Panama in CONCACAF Gold Cup final

Mexico secured their place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final for the 11th time after a convincing 3-0 victory over Jamaica on Wednesday night. Henry Martin opened the scoring just 80 seconds into the match, followed by a brilliant free-kick conversion by Luis Chavez in the 30th minute. Roberto Alvarado sealed the win with a goal in stoppage time during the second half.

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With interim coach Jaime Lozano at the helm, Mexico displayed their dominance and attacking prowess throughout the game. Martin, who has been in exceptional form, netted his third goal of the tournament and ninth overall for the national team. His goal came after a precise cross from Jesus Gallardo, allowing Martín to control the ball and find the back of the net from close range. This early goal mirrored the quick start Mexico had in their tournament opener, with Luis Romo scoring just 51 seconds into the match against Honduras.

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Chavez showcased his free-kick expertise by curling a sensational strike from 25 yards into the upper right corner of Jamaica’s goal. This marked Chavez’s third goal of the tournament and his fourth for the national team. Notably, his first international goal was also from a free kick, scored against Saudi Arabia in last year’s World Cup.

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In the dying moments of the match, Alvarado secured Mexico’s victory with his fifth goal of the tournament. He calmly tapped in a well-placed pass from Gallardo to put the result beyond doubt. Having won the Gold Cup in 2019 and narrowly missing out on the title in 2021 with a defeat to the United States in extra time, Mexico will be eager to claim their ninth Gold Cup championship. They will face Panama in the final on Sunday, which will take place in Inglewood, California.

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