Canada bag vital three points
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A Dwayne De Rosario penalty was the difference for Canada in their effort to stay alive in CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C. The Canucks saw off a ten-man Guadeloupe side, who lost Jean-Luc Lambourde in just the fourth minute.

The victory moved Canada level on points with USA and Panama, who are set to face off in the evening's later match. Canada had lost 2-0 to the USA in their first match, and Guadeloupe have failed to collect any points as they opened their account with a 3-2 loss to Panama.

Canada immediately had an upper hand in the match after Lambourde was given his marching orders for a lunging tackle on Will Johnson. Canada capitalised on their advantage in the 15th minute, with Gerba finding goal, but the effort was called back for offside.

Despite being a man down, Guadeloupe mustered some possession before the break, but within six minutes of the restart a De Rosario spot-kick eased Canada's tensions.

It was a nervy finish for the Canucks as Guadeloupe refused to be blighted by their early loss of Lambourde. Canada held onto their narrow one-goal lead, though, earning their first three points of the campaign.