Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

USA Vs. Nicaragua 2017 Gold Cup Live: Score Updates, Highlights And More

USA Vs. Nicaragua 2017 Gold Cup Live: Score Updates, Highlights And More

With Panama defeating Martinique in the first game of the day, the United States men's national team needed a win of three goals of more in its match against Nicaragua to clinch the top spot in Group B of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Panama had won its match vs. Martinique, 3-0, earlier on Saturday.

Panama will win the group unless the USA beats Nicaragua by three goals or more in the late game on Saturday.

Joe Corona opened the scoring in the 36th minute, finishing a strong run in the box around several defenders with a low shot that deflected past Nicaragua's Justo Lorente into the back of the net. The Americans play their quarterfinal Wednesday in Philadelphia against a third-place team from another group, likely Honduras, El Salvador or Jamaica; a second-place finish would have meant a U.S. -Costa Rica matchup. The U.S. and Panama played to a 1-1 draw in the group opener. Matt Miazga headed in the USMNT's third goal. In the 56th minute, Zusi forced an errant pass that Bedoya intercepted and played to Dwyer. The New England Revolution midfielder made no mistake, beating Lorente to the near post. The USMNT had a chance to double the lead from the penalty spot in the 51st but Dom Dwyer saw his attempt saved.

Four minutes into the second half Dwyer was yanked down in the penalty area and the referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot. With it looking like the United States might end up finishing second in group play to Panama on goal difference, Miazga scored on a header from a free kick in the 88th minute to grab hold of the group and ensure the USMNT finished on top.

The eventual equalizer came by way of a free kick, following a sending off. Luis Copete picked up his second yellow card in the 85th minute for an elbow to substitute Juan Agudelo, and the Americans scored on the ensuing set piece.

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