Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021. 6:41 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Haiti edged Nicaragua 1-0 at the Sylvio Cator Stadium in Port-au-Prince scoring their lone goal under heavy rain in the 63rd minute.
The win propels Haiti to the next round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar as they finish top of Group E undefeated with nine points.
Derrick Etienne nailed the Nicaraguan goalkeeper after much to and fro from both sides.
After trouncing Turks and Caicos Islands 10-0 on the weekend, Haiti only needed a draw today, while Nicaragua needed a win.
Nicaragua totaled six points only allowing that lone goal against Haiti today. Belize recorded three points from a win and two losses while Turks and Caicos Islands finished without a point.
St Lucia withdrew before the qualifying round started.
Haiti now goes on to play the winner of Canada and Suriname in the next round.
In other games played today Cuba beat Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1-0 in Group C, Puerto Rico downed Guyana 2-0 in Group F, and Trinidad and Tobago beat St Kitts Nevis 2-0 but to no avail since St Kitts Nevis had already qualified to the next round.
In other games playing today, Guatemala square off against Curacao at the Ergilio Hato Stadium at 6 p.m. to determine the Group C winners. Both sides have nine points and are undefeated and have a plus-14 goal difference, but Curacao have the edge having scored one goal more than Guatemala.
In Group B, Canada face Suriname at 7:05 p.m. Both are undefeated but the Canadians have a sizeable goal advantage.
Group A will be decided in San Salvador when El Salvador face Antigua and Barbuda at 7:05pm. Both have seven points. What makes it interesting is that a 0-0 draw in El Salvador could leave out both countries if Montserrat, who have five points, beat Grenada.
In Group D, Panama host the Dominican Republic t 7:05 p.m. to decide the group’s winners. The Panamanians have the edge since they have nine points to the DR’s seven.
Also playing today, Grenada against Montserrat at 5 p.m., Barbados and Dominica at 6 p.m. in Group D and the Cayman Islands against Bermuda at 6 p.m. in Group B at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
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