Dukens Nazon, too much for the Cubans
Driven by a sold-out crowd at Sylvio Cator Stadium, the Grenadiers sent Cuba’s national team packing 2-1, thanks to a Dukens Nazon who puts his speed and dribbling skills on display. He scored the first goal at the 25th minute mark and assisted on the second goal with only two minutes left in regular time.
With this victory, The Haitian football team has earned one of the tickets to CONCACAF’s Nations League Division A while fulfilling expectations of thousands of fans who had taken place in the stands on this beautiful Sunday evening (March 24, 2019).
The grenadiers were under a lot of pressure during the first minutes of the game. They had to wait until the 25th minute of the match when forward Duckens Nazon wiped out 6 Cuban defenders before placing a cross shot to the right of goalkeeper Shanchez who has gone through the tournament without conceding a goal.
Although they showed some decline toward the end of the first half, however, the team trained by Marc Collat went back to the locker room with the score still 1-0. At the beginning of the second half, the Haitian team showed some signs of weakness. Injured, Sony Mustivar was forced to leave his partners and was replaced by Zachary Herivaux. The Cubans who were more and more aggressive would find the tying goal at the 60th minute when Luis Paradera (# 23) exploited a lapse in judgment by goalkeeper and team captain Johnny Placide. Determined to sow trouble in a Sylvio Cator Stadium filled with Haiti’s fans, the Cuban team (named Lions of the Caribbean) came close to take the advantage. Johnny Placide had to extend himself in order to divert a corner kick that Baquerro # 2 shot at the 72nd minute of play .
As we approached the end of this game, Dukens Nazon challenged four Cuban defenders at the 88th minute before sending a cross to Kevin Lafrance # 13, who crucified the Cuban goalkeeper Sanchez. That goal brought an atmosphere of real jubilation at the Sylvio Cator stadium, as we were only two minutes from the end of regulation time.
In the end, the Grenadiers obtain their fourth victory in as many matches in this preliminary phase of the CONCACAF Nations League to finish first in the group with 12 points while scoring nineteen goals and conceding only two for a difference of plus seventeen versus plus sixteen for Canada. For now, the Grenadiers are qualified to face the best nations in the region at home in Port-au-Prince and away.
Source: Haitian Football Federation’s communication office / Thierry Antoine Michel