Martinique thrashes Cuba 3-0 at Gold Cup

Goals from Joris Marveaux, Stephane Abaul and Kevin Fortune handed Martinique its first win of Gold Cup.

Martinique's forward Kevin Fortune (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A match between Cuba and Martinique in Colorado.   -  AFP

Martinique kept its hopes of advancing to the knockout stage of the Gold Cup alive while eliminating Cuba with an emphatic 3-0 win in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday.

Goals from Joris Marveaux, Stephane Abaul and Kevin Fortune handed Martinique its first win of a tournament that crowns the continental champion of North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Martinique, which suffered a 4-0 defeat to Canada in a Group A opener last Saturday, went ahead in the 45th minute when Marveaux headed in from a corner.

Both teams had chances in a first half that was a battle of the goalkeepers but Martinique seized control after the break and could have added to its lead in the 59th minute had Mickael Biron's penalty not sailed above the crossbar.

An Abaul header off another corner secured Martinique's second goal in the 70th minute while Fortune put the game away 15 minutes later when he slotted from in close shortly after Cuba's Erick Rizo was sent off.

Cuba had plenty of chances but could not convert and bow out following a 7-0 drubbing by Mexico in their opener.

Group A action resumes on Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Martinique will face seven-time Gold Cup champion Mexico after a clash between Cuba and Canada.

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