CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Raul Jimenez scored a goal and had an assist to lead Mexico to a 3-2 win over Martinique in 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Group A on Sunday night at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mexico came racing out of the gates but had to wait until the 29’ for its first goal when Uriel Antuna fired in a strike for a 1-0 lead.
Martinique looked to gain control in the second half and Kevin Parsemain scored his first goal of the tournament with a sensational right-footed free kick in the 56’ to pull Les Matinino level 1-1.
Mexico responded immediately, and Jimenez put his team back in front 2-1 when he tapped in Rodolfo Pizarro’s cross in the 61’.
Jimenez next turned to the role of playmaker, sliding in a pass to Fernando Navarro, who made it 3-1 in the 72’.
Martinique did not throw in the towel though and Jordy Delem smacked in a header in the 84’ to cut the Mexico lead to 3-2.
But the Mexico defense would hold firm the rest of the way to secure the three points and a perfect group stage campaign.