Mexico beat El Salvador 3-1 in Gold Cup

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San Diego (California), July 10 (IANS) Mexico began their Gold Cup title defence with an easy 3-1 win over El Salvador at Qualcomm Stadium here.

Coach Luis Paez’s team opened the scoring on Sunday on a goal by Hedgardo Marin just eight minutes into the match, reports Efe.

El Salvador’s Nelson Bonilla made it 1-1 just two minutes later, giving the Central American team some short-lived hope.

The Salvadoran squad’s quick answer prompted Mexico to press harder, and Elias Hernandez made it a 2-1 score for the defending champions in the 29th minute.

Orbelin Pineda added a goal in the 55th minute to make it 3-1 and seal the win for Mexico.

Mexico’s next opponent in Group C will be Jamaica, the team it beat for the title in 2015, at Sports Authority Field in Denver on July 13.

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El Salvador will play Curaçao, which was beaten by Jamaica 2-0 on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.

–IANS

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