KINGSTON, JAMAICA – Things didn’t go as Curacao Manager Remko Bicentini had planned as his team fell 1-0 in its Gold Cup Group C opener against El Salvador.
Having faced the Central Americans in the 2017 group stage, the Dutch coach felt confident about putting forth a good performance.
“Last Gold Cup [match] against El Salvador, we had a lot of chances but if you will win, you must make the chances,” said Bicentini to the press following the match.
As the score indicates, it was a tight affair with both defenses making it hard for their opposing attackers. The only goal of the game came at an opportune time, right before the end of the first half.
It was that one opportunity for El Salvador that proved costly for Curacao.
“The first half we played good. We had two, three chances that we didn’t make,” said Bicentini. “In the last minute of the first half, in a swift, they scored a goal. In the second half we had a chance and didn’t score.”
Three corner kick opportunities in the first half and a Gino van Kessel opportunity in second half stoppage time summed up Curacao’s frustrating night.
Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives to take away for Bicentini. The manager expressed confidence in a team that has played more regularly since their its Gold Cup appearance two years ago.
Bicentini immediately turned the page on the loss as he and his players stayed at the Independence Park Stadium to watch the other Group C encounter on the night between Jamaica and Honduras – Curacao’s next two opponents.
Honduras will be the upcoming test on Friday in Houston and Bicentini has already laid out the game plan.
“Against Honduras we must score a goal,” stated Bicentini. “We have chances [to advance], of course, we play 11 v 11. We will do everything in the matches against Honduras and Jamaica to advance to the next round.”