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Mexico defeat Curaçao, top Group C of 2017 Gold Cup

Soccer: 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup-Curacao at Mexico Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Mexico topped Group C of the 2017 Gold Cup after masterminding a 2-0 victory over Curaçao on Sunday.

The result, which came right after Jamaica’s 1-1 draw with El Salvador, ensured Mexico set up a quarterfinal clash with Honduras.

El Tri started the game at fierce pace, with Curaçao opting to sit back. Despite having more of the ball possession, however, Mexico were struggling to get much joy from a well-drilled Curacao defense.

Mexico did eventually score the breakthrough in the 22nd minute as Angel Sepulveda fired in a superb cross from Raul “Dedos” Lopez.

The break sparked a brief spell of pressure that saw Curaçao strike the woodwork twice and force Jose de Jesus into action.

Mexico then brought on Elias Hernandez, as El Tri looked to revive their hopes of scoring a second. The same player soon started to threaten, helping Mexico take back control of the game.

Mexico’s second didn’t arrive until added time when a cleared Elias Hernandez cross landed for Edson Alvarez to smash in for the final 2-0 scoreline.

Mexico next take the field on Thursday when they face Honduras for a place in the semifinals.