CFU: Semi-Finalists decided; Group Stage Review
The CFU Digicel Caribbean Cup is now approaching the business end of the tournament with the group stages having come to a conclusion last night. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog reviews the group stages and provides the draw for the semi-finals which will be played tomorrow.
Neither host nation Martinque nor record champions Trinidad & Tobago could qualify for the last four of this tournament leaving it to unfancied Cuba and Grenada to take the plaudits and two of the four places reserved for Caribbean teams in next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. Cuba topped the group with two wins and a draw from their three games finishing just two points ahead of Grenada, with whom they shared a goalless draw in the final match of the group. Trinidad & Tobago at least won their final game which, in effect, turned into a 3rd place play-off against Martinique. The host nation, winners for the one and only time in 1993, propped up the table with just a solitary point from their three games whilst T&T managed to finish with three points.
Defending champions Jamaica easily qualified for the semi-finals of the Caribbean Cup with a 100% record from their three group matches. Last night saw the Reggae Boyz win their final group match against Guyana by four goals to nil and seal top spot. They are joined in the semi-finals and the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup by Guadeloupe following their final match win over Antigua & Barbuda, a win which confirmed second place in the group and saw them overtake Antigua & Barbuda in the standings. Guadeloupe now face a tough semi-final encounter with Group H winners Cuba whilst Jamaica’s plight seems easier to predict as tey face off against outsiders Grenada in the final four.
Cuba v Guadeloupe
Jamaica v Grenada