HOUSTON, TEXAS – Curacao picked up its first Concacaf Gold Cup win with a 1-0 result against Honduras on Friday night at BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Honduras led the way in attack in the first half with five players getting a pair of shots.
One of the closest opportunities for Honduras came in the 10th minute after a corner found Antony Lozano, but the forward would hit the woodwork.
Maynor Figueroa then had an opportunity of his own but was denied by Curacao GK Eloy Room.
Curacao’s first ever Gold Cup goal came from Leandro Bacuna in the 40th minute after finding Gevaro Nepomuceno’s filtered pass near the penalty marker to put the Caribbean nation in the lead.
Halftime substitute Rubilio Castillo looked to pay immediate dividends but his header hit the woodwork in the 47th minute.
Honduras had appeared to find the back of the net in the 59th minute but Rubilio Castillo was called offside.
Michael Maria looked to extend Curacao’s lead but Henry Figueroa made a goal-saving tackle to keep the game within reach.
Room finished the match with 13 saves, as Curacao would go on to celebrate its first win in the Gold Cup.