MIAMI - Omar Cummings scored with a flick of his right foot in the 70th minute and Jamaica beat El Salvador 1-0 Friday to keep alive its hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The result clinched a berth in the final eight for Costa Rica, and left Jamaica third in the group with three points ahead of El Salvador, which was eliminated. Two teams from each of the three groups advance along with the two best third-place teams.

The Caribbean champion will have to wait for the results of the other two groups Saturday and Sunday to see if it advances.

"After two losses, coming into the third and final game we're very disappointed," Jamaica manager Theodore Whitmore said. "We didn't desrve to be to be in this posiiton. I hope something will happen for us to move on and allow us to show our true potential."

Canada finished atop the group with seven points, three ahead Costa Rica. Jamaica finished ahead of El Salvador due to Friday's victory.

Neither side created much in the game, generating only a handful of chances each in the finale of Group A.

Jamaica started with a bit more possession, but both sides seemed mired in a midfield battle on the artificial turf at FIU Stadium.

"We played well; Jamaica played very well," El Salvador manager Carlos de los Cobos said. "Sometimes you don't end up playing the way you want to play."

Cummings had probably what was the best chance for either team before the goal, working free near the top of the penalty area before unleashing a right-footed shot that Salvadoran goalkeeper Miguel Montes had to stretch to tip it wide of the far post.

Jamaica went ahead when Luton Shelton created space on the left, turned and curled a low, bouncing cross to the near post, where Cummings had worked inside Alexander Escobar and just managed to redirect the ball between Montes and the upright.

"For us to come here and not score goals is a tragedy with the talent that Jamaica has and the pace that we're playing," Cummings said. "We were creating so many chances. The tournament was just one of those off tournamnets. The goals weren't going in and we were playing ok. Hopefully we can play another game and get more goals."

El Salvador, which would have advanced with a draw, had its lst chance in the third minute of injury time when Montes' free kick from 19 yards struck the left post. 

It now returns to World Cup qualifying, where it sits fifth in the six-team final round standings, two points from the last guaranteed berth and its next match August 12 aginst Trinidad & Tobago.

"We know we're going to face a team like T&T that has the same sort of character like Jamaica," said defender Alfredo Pacheco, who will now return to his club team the New York Red Bulls. "These games are very helpful. We're gong to face Costa Rica in the future and its a very good national team. We came to this tournament to learn. It's shame we couldn't score goals, but our focus remains South Africa."