2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Quarterfinals
  • Shaun Francis (6')
  • Romario Williams (50')
  • Junior Hoilett (61')

Jamaica beats Canada on back of impressive Andre Blake outing

Romario Williams and his Jamaica teammates celebrate after scoring a goal against Canada in the Gold Cup. AP Images

Jamaica beat Canada 2-1 in a thrilling Gold Cup quarterfinal match in Phoenix to reach the last four of CONCACAF's biennial competition.

The Reggae Boyz had the perfect start in the fourth minute when Shaun Francis got on the end of a perfect cross from Darren Mattocks and fired first time into the roof of Milan Borjan's net.

Canada missed a perfect opportunity to draw level in the 10th minute from a set piece. Scott Arfield's delivery found Cyle Larin, just added to the squad for the knockout rounds, but the Orlando City striker headed just wide of the post.

Mattocks was then in on goal on a counter-attack with a chance to double Jamaica's lead in the 17th minute, but Borjan did well to go low and deny his right-footed shot.

And Jamaica started the second half just as they started the first: with an early goal. Romario Williams took a slick pass from Mattocks, spun to his left and fired an unstoppable shot past Borjan.

Junior Hoilett answered for Canada in the 61st minute with a wonder-strike of his own. Samuel Piette set his teammate up and he curled his shot past Andre Blake to cut Jamaica's lead in half.

Blake made two saves of the game down the stretch, though, going high and to his left to stop another amazing strike from Hoilett in the 71st minute and then low to his right in extra time to turn Scott Arfield away and preserve his team's 2-1 lead.