Before a largely pro-Mexico crowd in Charlotte, Trinidad and Tobago almost threw away their Gold Cup match, before eventually completing a stunning comeback in the 93rd minute. Joevin Jones delivered a perfect corner kick amidst lasers shining in his eyes and bottles raining down on his head, and Yohance Marshall buried the ball in the back of the net for the last touch of the game. With the 4-4 draw Trinidad and Tobago win Group C and advance to face Panama in the quarterfinals, while Mexico will take on the stronger Costa Rica.
Mexico continued their spotty play this tournament. They opened things with a 6-0 pasting of Cuba, but were only able to grind out a desultory 0-0 draw against Guatemala. Up 2-0 against Trinidad and Tobago after a 51st minute Carlos Vela goal, they looked to be in control. But Trinidad and Tobago wrested control back with three goals in 12 minutes, before an Andres Guardado 88th minute equalizer and a Trinidad and Tobago own goal in the 91st minute threw things back into chaos.
If Mexico can get their shit together, they’ll probably be fine. The two best-looking teams in the tournament, the United States and Jamaica, are on the other side of the bracket. Mexico needs to win the Gold Cup to have a chance at participating in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
But a tougher than expected match against a presumed minnow, and a last-second goal featuring a hail of bottles? This could only have been more of a CONCACAF game if there were a couple of egregious referee decisions.