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Jamaica and Costa Rica bag wins at Gold Cup group stage

Jamaica have ridden a pair of first-half goals to a 2-0 victory over Suriname while Costa Rica score twice in the first 21 minutes as they go on to defeat Guadeloupe 3-1in Group C games at the Gold Cup in Orlando.

Jamaican Shamar Nicholson, who plays professionally in Belgium, scored the first goal in
the sixth minute of the opening match on Monday with his third career goal in Gold Cup play – and first
international score since 2019. 

Teammate Bobby Reid, a forward for Fulham in
the English Football League, added a tally twenty minutes later for the final

Despite being blanked, Suriname actually outshot the victors 10-7, but only
three were on goal and all stopped by Jamaica’s Andre Blake – a goalkeeper
for the Philadelphia Union in the MLS.

Costa Rica jump on Guadeloupe early in Gold Cup win

Meanwhile, Costa Rica scored twice in the first 21 minutes and went on to defeat Guadeloupe 3-1 in their CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C match on Monday night in Orlando.

Joel Campbell scored in the sixth minute and Ariel Lassiter tallied in the 21st minute. Guadeloupe’s Raphael Mirval cut the deficit to one with a goal five minutes into first-half stoppage time.

In the second half, Celso Borges scored in the 70th minute to ice the win.

Group C play will resume Thursday with Guadeloupe facing Jamaica, followed by Suriname vs. Costa Rica. 

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