The Jamaican National Team finished up their Concacaf Gold Cup group stage with a hard fought 1-1 draw with Curaçao. Once again, Jamaica showed their defensive quality, and Kemar Lawrence played a staring role.
The Curaçao National team held the majority of possession in the match, but struggled to find quality chances. After a furious start to the match, Lawrence and the Jamaican’s remained patient in attack and composed in defense.
Jamaica created chance after chance through the first 10 minutes, but struggled to finish. Their frustrations were short lived as they opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Curaçao failed to clear a looping ball into the box and it fell to Andre Lewis. Lewis’s first time shot took a purposeful deflection off of Shamar Nicholson, and found the back of the net.
Kemar Lawrence played a big part in the match, patrolling the left wing well, and serving in a host of dangerous free kick opportunities. Despite the numerous chances, Curaçao kept Jamaica at bay.
Lawrence took a boot to the head in the 45th minute. Lawrence went to ground on a slide tackle on Gevaro Nepomuceno. Nepomuceno fell during the challenge, and his attempt to continue the attacking move saw the winger drag his trailing heel into Lawrence’s face. The left back stayed down and the Jamaican team trainer came out. The first half ended shortly after, and Lawrence returned to the match following the break.
Curaçao finally found the breakthrough in stoppage time. Juriën Gaari buried a long range shot, beating Andre Blake and rescuing a point in the 90+3 minute. The draw keeps Curaçao’s hopes of advancing alive pending the result in the El Salvador and Honduras match later this evening.
Jamaica move onto the knockout round with the draw. Their opponent will be determined tomorrow night following the result of the USMNT and Panama.
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