2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A

Group A of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup was one of three groups competing of nations at CONCACAF Gold Cup 2011. The group's first round of matches were played on June, with the final round played on June 12. All six group matches were played at venues in the United States, in Arlington, Charlotte and Chicago. The group consisted of five-time Gold Cup champions, Mexico, as well as Costa Rica, El Salvador and Cuba.

Mexico vs El Salvador: failed drug testers versus match fixersEdit

On June 5, 2011, Mexico defeated El Salvador, 5–0, in the first fixture for both teams.

Three days later, on the eve of Mexico's second fixture against Cuba, the Mexican Football Federation removed five players from their squad due to substance abuse.[1] These players included starting goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa, starting center back Francisco Rodríguez and the following reserves: Sinha, Christian Bermúdez and Édgar Dueñas.[2][3] The drug they tested positive for was clenbuterol, which is used in animals to produce lean meat. The supposition for the players being injected with this substance was from eating chicken that had traceable amounts of clenbuterol in it.[4] Reports begin breaking on June 6[5] and were official on June 9. The "B" samples of those five involving players have been negative.[6]

Two years later, on September 20, 2013, the Salvadoran Football Federation banned 14 Salvadoran players for life due to their involvement with match fixing while playing with the El Salvador national team over the previous two years, including 8 players (Dennis Alas, Luis Anaya, captain Marvin González, Reynaldo Hernández, Miguel Montes, Dagoberto Portillo, Osael Romero, Ramón Sánchez and Miguel Montes), from El Salvador's 5-0 loss to Mexico on June 5 at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[7]

StandingsEdit

Key to colors in group tables
Teams that advanced to the quarterfinals
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Mexico 3 3 0 0 14 1 +13 9 Advance to Knockout stage
2   Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 7 5 +2 4
3   El Salvador 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
4   Cuba 3 0 0 3 1 16 −15 0

All Times are U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4) (Local Times in parentheses)

Costa Rica vs CubaEdit

Costa Rica  5–0  Cuba
Ureña   7'46'
Saborío   41'
Mora   47'
Campbell   71'
Report
Attendance: 80,108
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costa Rica
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cuba
 
COSTA RICA:
GK 1 Keylor Navas
SW 6 Heiner Mora
RB 3 Jhonny Acosta
CB 20 Dennis Marshall
CB 14 Bryan Oviedo
LB 15 Júnior Díaz
RM 9 Álvaro Saborío   68'
CM 5 Celso Borges (c)
CM 4 José Salvatierra
LM 16 Marco Ureña   32'   56'
CF 7 Christian Bolaños   68'
Substitutions:
FW 12 Joel Campbell   56'
FW 17 Josué Martínez   68'
FW 21 Randall Brenes   68'
Manager:
  Ricardo La Volpe
 
 
CUBA:
GK 1 Odelín Molina
RB 16 Reysander Fernández
CB 14 Aliannis Urgellés
CB 3 Yénier Márquez
LB 6 Yoel Colomé
RM 7 Marcel Hernández   79'
CM 8 Jaime Colomé (c)
CM 2 Carlos Francisco
LM 20 Alberto Gómez   74'
SS 9 Alain Cervantes
CF 15 Yaudel Lahera   60'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Roberto Linares   60'
FW 18 Dagoberto Quesada   74'
FW 17 Yosniel Mesa   79'
Manager:
Raúl González

Assistant referees:
Daniel Williamson (Panama)
Oscar Velasquez (Honduras)
Fourth official:
José Molina (Honduras)

Mexico vs El SalvadorEdit

Mexico  5–0  El Salvador
Juárez   56'
de Nigris   58'
J. Hernández   60'67'90+5' (pen.)
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
El Salvador
 
MEXICO:
GK 1 Guillermo Ochoa
RB 16 Efraín Juárez
CB 2 Francisco Rodríguez   26'
CB 15 Héctor Moreno
LB 3 Carlos Salcido
CM 6 Gerardo Torrado (c)
CM 8 Israel Castro   57'
RW 7 Pablo Barrera
LW 18 Andrés Guardado   74'
SS 10 Giovani dos Santos   69'
CF 14 Javier Hernández   28'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Aldo de Nigris   57'
DF 4 Rafael Márquez   69'
FW 11 Ángel Reyna   74'
Manager:
  José Manuel de la Torre
 
EL SALVADOR:
GK 1 Miguel Montes
RB 3 Marvin González (c)   90+3'
CB 2 Xavier García
CB 23 Luis Anaya
LB 19 Reynaldo Hernández
CM 5 Víctor Turcios   62'
CM 14 Dennis Alas   62'
RW 16 Jaime Alas
LW 10 Eliseo Quintanilla
SS 20 Andrés Flores   68'
CF 11 Rodolfo Zelaya   79'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Gilberto Baires   62'
MF 6 Shawn Martin   68'
FW 9 Rudis Corrales   79'
Manager:
  Rubén Israel

Assistant referees:
Ricardo Morgan (Jamaica)
Charles Morgante (United States)
Fourth official:
Courtney Campbell (Jamaica)

Costa Rica vs El SalvadorEdit

Costa Rica  1–1  El Salvador
Brenes   90+5' Report Zelaya   45'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costa Rica
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
El Salvador
 
COSTA RICA:
GK 1 Keylor Navas
SW 6 Heiner Mora   80'
RB 15 Júnior Díaz
CB 20 Dennis Marshall
CB 3 Jhonny Acosta   63'
LB 4 José Salvatierra   37'
CM 5 Celso Borges (c)   56'
CM 24 Allen Guevara
RW 9 Álvaro Saborío
LW 16 Marco Ureña   46'
CF 7 Christian Bolaños   62'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Bryan Ruiz   46'
FW 12 Joel Campbell   62'
FW 21 Randall Brenes   80'
Manager:
  Ricardo La Volpe
 
EL SALVADOR:
GK 1 Miguel Montes   53'
RB 23 Luis Anaya (c)
CB 5 Victor Turcios   78'
CB 2 Xavier García
LB 19 Reynaldo Hernández
CM 14 Dennis Alas
CM 21 Gilberto Baires   10'   46'
RW 20 Andrés Flores   72'
LW 16 Jaime Alas
SS 11 Rodolfo Zelaya   75'
CF 9 Rudis Corrales   62'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Ramón Sánchez   46'
FW 10 Eliseo Quintanilla   62'
MF 6 Shawn Martin   72'
Manager:
  Rubén Israel

Assistant referees:
Charles Morgante (United States)
Ramon Louisville (Suriname)
Fourth official:
José Molina (Honduras)

Cuba vs MexicoEdit

Cuba  0–5  Mexico
Report J. Hernández   36'76'
dos Santos   63'68'
de Nigris   65'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cuba
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico
 
CUBA:
GK 1 Odelín Molina
RB 16 Reysander Fernández
CB 4 Hánier Dranguet
CB 3 Yénier Márquez
LB 6 Yoel Colomé   73'
CM 8 Jaime Colomé (c)
CM 2 Carlos Francisco
RW 7 Marcel Hernández
LW 20 Alberto Gómez
SS 9 Alain Cervantes   11'
CF 10 Roberto Linares   70'
Substitutions:
DF 14 Aliannis Urgellés   11'
FW 15 Yaudel Lahera   70'
MF 18 Dagoberto Quesada   73'
Manager:
Raúl González
 
MEXICO:
GK 12 Alfredo Talavera
RB 16 Efraín Juárez
CB 4 Rafael Márquez (c)   72'
CB 15 Héctor Moreno
LB 3 Carlos Salcido
DM 6 Gerardo Torrado
CM 18 Andrés Guardado   66'
RW 7 Pablo Barrera   64'
LW 11 Ángel Reyna
SS 10 Giovani dos Santos
CF 14 Javier Hernández
Substitutions:
FW 9 Aldo de Nigris   64'
FW 22 Elías Hernández   66'
DF 20 Jorge Torres Nilo   72'
Manager:
José Manuel de la Torre

Assistant referees:
Ricardo Morgan (Jamaica)
Daniel Williamson (Panama)
Fourth official:
Raúl Castro (Honduras)

El Salvador vs CubaEdit

El Salvador  6–1  Cuba
Zelaya   13'71'
Romero   29'
Blanco   69'
Alvarez   84'
Quintanilla   90+4'
Report Márquez   83'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
El Salvador
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cuba
 
EL SALVADOR:
GK 1 Miguel Montes
RB 23 Luis Anaya
CB 5 Víctor Turcios
CB 2 Xavier García   82'
LB 19 Reynaldo Hernández   72'
CM 14 Dennis Alas
CM 8 Osael Romero
RW 20 Andrés Flores   63'
LW 16 Jaime Alas
SS 11 Rodolfo Zelaya
CF 9 Rudis Corrales   68'
Substitutions:
MF 12 Arturo Alvarez   63'
FW 17 Léster Blanco   68'
MF 10 Eliseo Quintanilla   72'
Manager:
  Rubén Israel
 
CUBA:
GK 12 Julio Pichardo
RB 16 Reysander Fernández   32'
CB 14 Aliannis Urgellés   45'
CB 3 Yénier Márquez
LB 4 Hánier Dranguet
DM 6 Yoel Colomé   75'
CM 8 Jaime Colomé (c)   52'
CM 2 Carlos Francisco
RW 7 Marcel Hernández
LW 20 Alberto Gómez
CF 10 Roberto Linares   62'
Substitutions:
MF 19 Francisco Carrazana   52'
FW 15 Yaudel Lahera   62'
MF 18 Dagoberto Quesada   75'
Manager:
Raúl González Triana

Assistant referees:
Oscar Velasquez (Honduras)
Ramon Ricardo Louisville (Suriname)
Fourth official:
Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname)

Mexico vs Costa RicaEdit

Mexico  4–1  Costa Rica
Márquez   17'
Guardado   19'26'
Barrera   38'
Report Ureña   69'
Attendance: 62,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costa Rica
 
MEXICO:
GK 12 Alfredo Talavera
RB 16 Efraín Juárez   53'
CB 4 Rafael Márquez (c)   70'
CB 15 Héctor Moreno
LB 3 Carlos Salcido
DM 6 Gerardo Torrado
CM 8 Israel Castro
RW 7 Pablo Barrera   61'
LW 18 Andrés Guardado   59'
SS 10 Giovani dos Santos
CF 14 Javier Hernández   83'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Ángel Reyna   61'
DF 20 Jorge Torres Nilo   70'
FW 9 Aldo de Nigris   83'
Manager:
José Manuel de la Torre
 
COSTA RICA:
GK 1 Keylor Navas
RB 6 Heiner Mora   46'
CB 4 José Salvatierra
CB 3 Jhonny Acosta
CB 20 Dennis Marshall
LB 15 Júnior Díaz   85'
DM 5 Celso Borges (c)
RM 24 Allen Guevara   46'
LM 7 Christian Bolaños   29'
SS 10 Bryan Ruiz
CF 9 Álvaro Saborío
Substitutions:
FW 16 Marco Ureña   46'
DF 19 Óscar Duarte   46'
MF 11 Diego Madrigal   85'
Manager:
  Ricardo La Volpe

Assistant referees:
Daniel Williamson (Panama)
Ricardo Morgan (Jamaica)
Fourth official:
Raúl Castro (Honduras)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gold Cup: Five Mexico players test positive for banned substance". MLSSoccer.com. June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Mira, Luis (June 9, 2011). "Five Mexico internationals suspended for positive anti-doping test". Goal.com. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  3. ^ Baxter, Kevin (June 9, 2011). "Five Mexican soccer players suspended for positive drug tests". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  4. ^ "5 Mexico players test positive, blame tainted food". USA Today. June 9, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Uy, Nathaniel (6 June 2011). "Mexico Soccer: Five Players Reportedly out of Gold Cup After Testing Positive". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Mexican "B" samples test negative". concacaf.com. 2011-06-15. Archived from the original on 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
  7. ^ "El Salvador match-fixing: 14 footballers banned for life". BBC News. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2020-08-01.

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