• The Reggae Boyz beat Canada 2-1
  • El Tri edge out Honduras 1-0
  • The two meet in the semis on Sunday

Mexico and Jamaica completed the semi-final line-up at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday, thanks to their respective quarter-final defeats of Honduras and Canada.

The two victors will now face off in a repeat of the final of two years ago, when El Tri ran out 3-1 winners. Tournament hosts USA will meet Costa Rica in the other semi.

Blake and Mattocks set the beat
In the day’s first game, Jamaica saw off Canada 2-1 to reach the last four of the competition for the second time running. The architects of the Reggae Boyz’s narrow win were their goalkeeper Andre Blake, who was named man of the match, and Darren Mattocks, who provided assists for both goals, scored by Shaun Francis and Romario Williams.

Junior Hoilett pulled one back for the Canadians, who have not graced the semis since 2007.

Early strike proves enough
In the last of the quarter-finals, Mexico beat Honduras 1-0 to reach the semis for the fifth time running. The only goal of the game came after only four minutes, when Rodolfo Pizarro popped up at the far post to slot home a Jesus Duenas pass.

Jose Corona made sure Juan Carlos Osorio’s side held on to their slim advantage, pulling off a fine stop to prevent Alexander Lopez from scoring direct from a corner kick.

The stats
2 -
the number of man of the match awards Jamaica keeper Blake has picked up at the tournament so far, the only player to do so to date.

10 - the number of matches Mexico have now gone unbeaten in the competition. El Tri’s last Gold Cup defeat came in the 2013 semi-finals, a 2-1 reverse at the hands of Panama. Since then they have strung together seven wins and three draws.

Coming up
Saturday 22 July (AT&T Stadium, Arlington)
Costa Rica-USA

Sunday 23 July (Rose Bowl, Pasadena)

Wednesday, 26 July (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara)