Mexico 1-1 — 3
Jamaica 0-1 — 1
Mexico dominated the 2015 Gold Cup final against Jamaica to win the championship 3-1. The team started attacking early and was relentless throughout the duration of the match. Andrés Guardado scored a first half goal to give Mexico a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
Just as the second half was underway, Mexico’s Jesus Corona found the back of the net to give Mexico a comfortable 2-0 lead. Finally, Oribe Peralta put the match away with a third goal. Jamaica did score a late goal but it did little to jeopardize the match for Mexico.
Jamaica did not look like the same team that was seen throughout the tournament. They never responded to Mexico’s early goal. Even though it ended, Jamaica had an impressive Gold Cup run marked by upsetting the United States.
Mexico will now face the United States on October 9, 2015 in a playoff match. The winner will represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Here is how Mexico won the 2015 Gold Cup:
Physicality and Offensive Attacks Marked the Beginning of the Match
Both teams had early opportunities but were not able to finish them. This would prove particularly costly for Jamaica. Early on, the match was marked by physicality as well as wide open offensive attacks. This was all about to change.
Je-Vaughn Watson Got a Yellow Card for Jamaica
This marked the second yellow card of the match at about the 20′ mark. Mexico Jesus Duenas picked up one early in the match. Both teams seem intent on imposing their will on the opponent through physicality. There was a total of four yellow cards in the match between the two teams.
Andres Guardado Put Mexico Up 1-0
Guardado put the ball in the top left corner of the net to give Mexico the 1-0 lead. It seemed like it would be only a matter of time before Mexico scored. They had earlier attacks that fell short in the final third of the field. This was one of the best goals of the tournament.
Mexico Scored an Early Second Half Goal
Mexico went up 2-0 at the start of the second half. Jesus Corona’s goal put Mexico in the driver’s seat and the team never looked back. Mexico followed up a great first half start with an even better start to the second half.
Mexico Poured it on With a Third Goal
Mexico seemed to clinch the 2015 Gold Cup around the 65′ mark with a third goal. Oribe Peralta scored for Mexico to wrap up the match. This goal had US fans marking their calendar for another match in the Mexico-United States rivalry. This time, an appearance in the 2017 Confederations Cup will be on the line.
Jamaica Scored a Goal Late in the Second Half
Jamaica finally scored with this late goal. Darren Mattocks scored on this nice goal. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late. Jamaica looked like the best team in the 2015 Gold Cup heading into the final match. However, they were not able to continue this play for the final.
Clint Dempsey Won the Golden Boot
Despite the United States early exit in the tournament, Clint Dempsey was given the golden boot of the tournament. The award goes to the player with the most goals in the tournament. Dempsey led all players with 7 goals in the Gold Cup. Dempsey and the United States will face Mexico on October 9th for a trip to the Confederations Cup.
Andres Guardado Was Awarded the Golden Ball
In a move that many expected, Andres Guardo was awarded the Golden Ball. The award goes to the most outstanding player of the tournament. Guardo was spectacular for Mexico throughout the Gold Cup, including his early goal in the final match.
The Celebration in Mexico Has Begun
This time the match was controversy free. Mexico dominated the match from start to finish. Let the celebration in Mexico begin as well as the countdown for the United States and Mexico match.
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