Despite being already eliminated, Puerto Rica and Bermuda concluded their respective 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ campaigns with victory, while Cayman Islands and Dominican Republic played out a 1-1 draw.
The three matches were played on Monday with the remaining eight CONCACAF Round 2 qualifiers to take place later today.
Cayman Islands secured the biggest surprise of the day by earning their first point of the group stage, and just their third FIFA World Cup point in what is their fifth campaign. It was a significant turnaround following a 4-0 scoreline in San Cristobal on Friday. A second half equaliser from Mark Ebanks brought joy to the Truman Boden stadium in Georgetown and the Caribbean nation of just 30,000 inhabitants. Cesar Garcia had scored four minutes before the interval, with the point lifting the visitors one clear of third-placed Suriname, who face leaders El Salvador tonight seeking to maintain their perfect record.
Barbados concluded their group campaign without a point after falling 2-1 to Bermuda. After a scoreless first half, the Bermudans had the advantage through Nahki Wells and a Khano Smith penalty, before Sheridan Grosvenor secured a late consolation in what was a repeat of Friday’s scoreline. The victory marks the first time Bermuda have bagged three wins in a campaign since the USA 1994 qualifiers. They can finish second in the group should Germany 2006 participants Trinidad and Tobago fail to defeat Guyana tonight.
Puerto Rico were made to work hard to secure a 3-0 win over St. Lucia in Mayaguez. Two goals in the final four minutes blew out the scoreline with Hector Ramos hitting a brace, as he did in Friday’s 4-0 win, with Joseph Marrero also scoring. Victory means Puerto Rico will maintain second spot unless St.Kitts and Nevis bag an unlikely win on the road against Canada in the group’s final match.