Trinidad and Tobago scored a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory against Guatemala at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday night.
The Soca Warriors remain in first place with nine points, while Guatemala remain in fourth-place with four points.
It was a dream start for Guatemala, as Rubio Rubin struck for the opener in the 12’ by touching home a shot right in front of goal off a pass from Nathaniel Mendez for a 1-0 Guatemala lead.
Guatemala doubled their lead to 2-0 in the 32’ when an initial attempt from Oscar Santis was blocked by a defender, but Santis’ follow-up attempt was smashed off the post and in for the goal.
But Trinidad and Tobago would respond and pulled back to within a goal at 2-1 in the 35’ when Alvin Jones converted a penalty after Noah Powder had been fouled in the area two minutes prior.
Trinidad and Tobago kept the pressure on, and they got level in the 54’ when a Neveal Hackshaw header was saved by Guatemala GK Nicholas Hagen, but Reon Moore was there to hammer home the rebound to make it 2-2.
Play remained wide open going into the final half-hour, with Guatemala nearly retaking a lead in the 70’ on a Jose Pinto header that hit the crossbar and dropped onto the goal-line before being cleared.
The final says, though, belonged to Trinidad and Tobago, as Nathaniel James, who had come off the bench to score a late winner on matchday 1 against Curacao, did it again, this time firing in a free kick in the 89’ to deliver the 3-2 victory.
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