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Jamaica, El Salvador battle to draw

Sports Xchange - Monday 17th July, 2017

Jamaica and El Salvador both advanced to the quarterfinal knockout round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup after playing to a 1-1 tie on Sunday in their third and final Group C match at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Jamaica (1-0-2) is assured of at least a second-place finish in its group, pending the outcome of Mexico's last match against Curacao later Sunday. El Salvador (1-1-1) will get through as one of the best third-place finishers in the group stage.

El Salvador needed at least a draw to guarantee advancement to the next round, and it grabbed a 1-0 lead when Nelson Bonilla took a through ball from Ruben Marroquin and scored from a sharp angle just 15 minutes into the game.

El Salvador failed to increase the margin to two goals when Andre Blake saved a left-footed shot from Rodolfo Zelaya in the 60th minute.

Jamaica scored the tying goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute, after El Salvador's Narciso Orellana was called for a handball in the penalty area. Orellana also received a yellow card.

Darren Mattocks made the penalty shot, beating goaltender Derby Carrillo.

El Salvador finished with nine shots while Jamaica had eight.

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